A conversation from The Diane Rehm Show archives with world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma. In 2007, he talked to Diane about his belief in the power of music to cross borders and bridge backgrounds.
Last week the White House signaled to the world that this administration is serious about climate change.
At a global summit on climate last week, President Biden made a clear break from his predecessor, announcing ambitious new greenhouse gas emission standards for the U.S. In setting such a high target, Biden says he hopes to push this country – and others– to make the necessary changes to address the urgency of a warming planet.
But reaching the Biden administration’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50 to 52 percent by the year 2030 would require a remaking of this country’s economy, not to mention Congressional approval.
Umair Irfan is climate change and energy reporter for Vox. He joined Diane to discuss the details of the plan, and just how realistic implementing it might be.
- Umair Irfan Climate change and energy reporter, Vox
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