Economic Giants Are Restarting. Here’s What It Means for Climate Change

“Want to know whether the world can avert catastrophe? Watch the recovery plans coming out now in Europe, China and the United States.”

“As countries begin rolling out plans to restart their economies after the brutal shock inflicted by the coronavirus pandemic, the three biggest producers of planet-warming gases — the European Union, the United States and China — are writing scripts that push humanity in very different directions.

Europe this week laid out a vision of a green future, with a proposed recovery package worth more than $800 billion that would transition away from fossil fuels and put people to work making old buildings energy-efficient.

In the United States, the White House is steadily slashing environmental protections and Republicans are using the Green New Deal as a political cudgel against their opponents.”

Somini Sengupta reports for the New York Times May 29, 2020.