New Report Shows Gap Between Utility Carbon Pledges and Climate Change Imperatives

By [email protected] Most of the biggest U.S. utilities have promised to eliminate their carbon emissions by midcentury. New research asserts most have undermined those goals by keeping coal plants running and building new natural gas plants meant to operate for decades to come.

A new report from the Sierra Club finds that almost no U.S. utilities are on track to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 80 percent by 2030 compared to a 2005 baseline, the target needed to prevent global warming beyond 1.5 degrees Celsius, as called for in the Paris Agreement.

Instead, most utilities’ integrated resource plans (IRPs), which set their

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