By JAMES L. SULLIVAN The Associated PressIn an effort to slow global warming, a plan unveiled Wednesday by the U.S. government would reduce emissions by more than half from the current level by 2030.
President Donald Trump is scheduled to unveil his plan on Wednesday, but it will likely be more ambitious than the United States has proposed.
Instead of slashing emissions in a single year, the plan would allow the government to use a variety of strategies to reduce emissions.
Trump is proposing to phase out coal, cut emissions of carbon dioxide and methane and use other sources of energy to replace fossil fuels.
He wants to cut methane emissions from the air by 75 percent by 2030 and cut carbon dioxide emissions from landfills by 70 percent.
The United States would also reduce methane emissions by 25 percent from 1990 levels.
Methane, the primary greenhouse gas, traps heat in the atmosphere and can be released into the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels or by releasing it underground.
The Environmental Protection Agency estimates methane emissions could be cut by a quarter of the U;s current level of 8 billion tons a year by 2030, based on current technologies.
Minerals used to be burned for power have been found to be a primary cause of climate change.
It has been estimated that coal and natural gas are responsible for about a third of global warming.
To help meet Trump’s goals, the United Nations says it is urging governments to set ambitious targets for greenhouse gas reductions.
It has called on governments to cut emissions at least 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 to keep the world from being hit with “catastrophic” temperatures.
The plan by the Obama administration would have been an ambitious goal.
The Trump administration would aim to reduce global emissions by about 15 percent above 1990 levels, by 2030 but that goal has not been met.
The Trump administration is also looking at other climate measures, such as developing ways to reduce methane and carbon dioxide, and making it easier for developing countries to obtain permits for the construction of large-scale energy infrastructure projects.