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Pete Buttigieg Says U.S. ‘Focused’ on Reducing Auto Emissions

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The United States didn’t be a part of international locations in a pledge to quickly section out gasoline and diesel-powered automobiles as a result of the Biden administration is “focused on what we are doing at home,” Pete Buttigieg, the transportation secretary, mentioned Tuesday.

Speaking on the United Nations local weather convention in Glasgow, the place occasions on Wednesday had been centered on transportation, Mr. Buttigieg mentioned the United States was taking steps to cut back carbon emissions from automobiles.

But the pledge by six automakers and about 30 international locations to section out gross sales of recent gasoline and diesel-powered automobiles by 2040 worldwide — and by 2035 in “leading markets” — would transfer at a quicker tempo than the Biden administration has known as for.

Mr. Biden has signed an government order aimed toward guaranteeing that fifty % of all new automobiles bought within the United States are electrical by 2030, a transfer made with the help of main automakers.

“Different countries obviously are taking different approaches,” Mr. Buttigieg mentioned. “We have to do what’s right for the United States and also support international action. That’s the balance, I think, that we’re striking.”

Britain, Canada and India are amongst people who joined the pledge, together with California and Washington State.

Mr. Buttigieg additionally introduced on Tuesday a blueprint for the U.S. aviation sector to realize net-zero greenhouse gasoline emissions by 2050.

Called the U.S. Aviation Climate Action Plan, its key initiatives embody working with business to develop extra environment friendly plane and engine applied sciences that might create as much as a 30 % enchancment in gas financial savings in comparison with right now’s planes, and the expanded use of sustainable fuels together with from biomass and different meals shares that might assist cut back emissions.

“It’s really about making sure that we use policy tools to encourage the adoption, to get scale big enough that we close the cost gap between conventional jet fuel and sustainable aviation fuel,” Mr. Buttigieg mentioned.