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Biden Wants the U.S. to Lead on Climate Action, But the World Needs Proof

After policy reversals and years of inaction, the country has a wide credibility gap to overcome.

The White House is seriously considering a pledge to slash emissions 50% by 2030 relative to 2005 levels.

The White House is seriously considering a pledge to slash emissions 50% by 2030 relative to 2005 levels.

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President Joe Biden aims to prove to the world this week that the U.S. has rejoined the international fight against climate change by vowing cuts in greenhouse gas emissions that are both ambitious and achievable.

Whether those cuts will be either ambitious enough to reassure skeptical allies or achievable given myriad domestic obstacles is far from a sure thing.