US-Mexico-Canada Aim for 50% Clean Power by 2025, But Where is 'Real Action'?

U.S. President Barack Obama, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are poised to commit to a new plan that will require their countries to produce 50 percent of their power from clean sources by 2025—drawing praise and caution from climate advocates who say they will believe it when they see it.

To achieve that goal, the leaders are expected to announce Wednesday from the “Three Amigos” summit in Ottawa this week, the countries will amp up investments in wind and solar, as well as pursue more questionable measures like nuclear energy and carbon capture and storage.

Environmentalists said the announcement was a positive step, though it did not amount to “real action” against the climate crisis.

May Boeve, executive director of the climate advocacy group, said, “This is a big step forward in the fight against climate change. But let’s be clear: declaring ambitious goals like these, or the ones world governments made in Paris, is not the same as taking real action that scientists say is necessary to prevent the most catastrophic impacts of global warming.”

Boeve added that the pledge must be seen in context of the Obama administration’s failed “all of the above” approach to energy policy, and that the so-called Three Amigos’ bold objective can only be reached if fossil fuel development on federal land and water is brought to an end.