Summary: A new report released Wednesday by the Rhodium Group estimated that U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fell 1.9 percent in 2023 compared to the previous year even as the economy grew.
U.S. emissions have dropped 17.2 percent below 2005 levels, according to the report. While trending in the right direction, the report found the country must increase the pace of decarbonization to meet the Paris Agreement’s target of a 50 percent reduction by 2030. The following experts are available to speak on the policy implications of the report.
Jackson Ewing is director of energy and climate policy at the Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability at Duke University and an adjunct associate professor at the Nicholas School of the Environment. Ewing leads Energy Pathways USA, a program convened by the Nicholas Institute to accelerate progress toward net-zero carbon emissions in the U.S. economy through collaboration with public- and private-sector partners.
Brian Murray is the interim director of the Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability at Duke University and a research professor at the Nicholas School of the Environment and Sanford School of Public Policy. Murray is widely recognized for his work on the economics of energy policy, particularly as it relates to efforts to mitigate climate change risk.