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In honor of Earth Day, President Biden held a global climate summit at which he announced his plans to reduce carbon emissions by 50% by 2030. Among the speakers at the summit was Biden’s Climate Envoy, John Kerry, who expressed an interesting goal of completely eliminating CO2 from our atmosphere despite its essential role in many processes of nature.
At the climate summit, Kerry spoke about his goals for the world’s CO2 emissions, saying to a fellow panel of speakers, “You said twice getting to net-zero [carbon emissions] was gonna be hard, really hard… but even if we get to net-zero, we still have to get carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.”
Kerry’s ambitions seem to meet the approval of the fellow panelists, as they nod in agreement with what he’s proposing. However, this initiative goes against basic environmental science, as CO2 plays an essential role in our world’s environment. Carbon dioxide is crucial to many plant and animal processes such as photosynthesis and respiration. It seems that Kerry is forgetting that without CO2 to fuel photosynthesis, there would be very little to no oxygen remaining on our planet.