Americans would have to limit themselves to “1 burger a month” to achieve Biden’s emissions reduction goals
President Biden pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030, and to zero by 2050, at a virtual 2-day global climate summit he hosted on Earth Day with 40 other world leaders.
He has yet to release any details on how he plans to achieve that goal, but the British newspaper Daily Mail has compiled a list of studies that give us a glimpse into what kinds of lifestyle changes Americans would need to make to accomplish it.
First among those changes would be dietary.
Americans would need to cut their red meat consumption by a whopping 90 percent to meet Biden’s goal, according to a study by Michigan University’s Center for Sustainable Systems.
Per person, that works out to no more than 4 pounds of red meat per year, or an average of one burger per month.
Other changes necessary to meet his goal include switching to electric cars and electric heat pumps, Daily Mail reports.
More than half of new cars bought in the United States would need to be electric within the next decade, according to a study by the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy.
Additionally, a quarter of homes would need to be heated by electricity instead of natural gas or oil.