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Princeton University has released an important new study demonstrating different scenarios for how the country could slash its greenhouse gas emissions and reach net zero by 2050. The study’s findings are at once optimistic and sobering. Reaching net zero by 2050 appears technically feasible and even affordable. There are ways to get there that rely solely on renewable energy, as many environmentalists prefer, or that lean on other technologies such as nuclear power or carbon capture. Each approach carries different social and economic trade-offs. The researchers identified a common set of drastic changes that the United States would need to make over the next decade to stay on pace for zero emissions. That initial groundwork has to start pretty much immediately.

Read the full Net Zero America study here.