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Biden Promises 100% Clean Energy, Net-Zero Emissions by 2050

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Joe Biden on May 30.
Joe Biden on May 30.Photographer: Bastiaan Slabbers/Getty Images
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Calling climate change “an existential threat,” Joe Biden, the front-runner in the Democratic presidential race, proposed achieving 100% clean energy and net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 as part of a $5 trillion climate plan that would be paid for by undoing President Donald Trump’s signature tax cuts.

Biden pledged to go “well beyond” the climate policies embraced by the Barack Obama administration with a series of executive orders starting on his first day in office, and said he’ll demand that Congress enact legislation enforcing his mid-century emissions reduction goal.