advertisement advertisement advertisement To avoid catastrophic climate change, the U.S. needs to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, meaning that emissions shrink so much that whatever's left can be offset by nature or by technology such as machines that can suck CO2 out of the atmosphere. A new report from the nonprofit Energy Innovation says that the goal is possible—and reaching it comes with other benefits, most notably adding nearly $1 trillion to the GDP. advertisement "Our modeling, along with several other recent deep decarbonization studies, shows getting the U.S. to net-zero emissions by 2050 is feasible and would generate millions of new jobs and significant GDP growth for the U.S.," says Robbie Orvis, director of energy policy design at Energy Innovation, where a team used a detailed modeling tool to analyze the policy needed to get to net zero. "Much of the reductions required can be achieved with today's technology. But to be on track to net zero and also be on a 1.5 Celsius degree compliant pathway, the U.S. must get started right away." Some of the necessary tech has dropped dramatically in cost. Solar panels are 90% cheaper than they were in 2009 . Wind turbines are more… Read full this story
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