“It’s largely because of the pandemic”


Ivanka Trump was summoned on Tuesday to boast of a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

President Donald Trump’s daughter said in a tweet that greenhouse gases from the United States are expected to fall by 9.2 percent.

“FACT: U.S.-produced greenhouse gases are slipping 9.2% this year and falling to their lowest level in at least three decades,” Ivanka wrote of the apparent statement in BloombergNEF statistics released recently.

The study, reported by Bloomberg News on Nov. 19, found that 2020 was expected to be the “greenest” year since 1983, when the U.S. economy was less than 40 percent of its current size. However, this decline was largely due to the coronavirus epidemic that crippled the country for much of the year.


Ivanka Trump speaks at a campaign event for her father on Oct. 27 in Miami. Trump said greenhouse gases from the U.S. are expected to fall 9.2 percent, ignoring the consequences of the epidemic.
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“The pain we have had to go through for a relatively modest decline shows the need for more smart policies and smart thinking about emissions,” said Ethan Zindler, head of America at BloombergNEF. The Washington Post. “The focus should not be on how to reduce demand, but on how to make supply greener.”

Many on Twitter responded to point out that the decline in emissions is largely due to the coronavirus epidemic.

“This is largely due to the epidemic and the economic disaster it caused,” said Jake Tapper, an anchor at CNN, noting that “this year’s biggest drop in emissions came from the transportation sector, where emissions fell by 14 per cent, which is due to air travel. and highways. “

However, other users responded with a gloomier outlook, arguing that the high number of COVID-19 deaths also contributed to the reduction in gas emissions, simply noting that “coffin sales are also on record.”

“You’re right, we often forget the silver liner until the incomprehensible knot of the coronavirus response – that with a quarter of a million dead and a stagnant economy, the decline in travel has really done good for the environment,” wrote historian Kevin Kruse.

“Well … there was something called an epidemic that first prevented people from going out, but your dad started calling it fake, so hospitals are now at full capacity and hundreds of thousands have died,” user @IsMariawith2Rs said.

A BloombergNEF study found that total U.S. emissions have shown a declining trend since 2008 due to lower carbon dependence. The study estimates that COVID-19 emissions would have been 1% lower than 2019 emissions.

The White House and the EPA did not respond Newsweek’s request in time for publication.