"Under President Obama, the United States has sent a clear message at home and abroad that it's serious about climate action," write WRI Board member and former Governor of New Mexico Bill Richardson. "We've vastly increased fuel efficiency standards for vehicles, set standards to limit carbon pollution under the Clean Power Plan, and brought China and other countries together around firm international commitments for action."
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"The shift to a clean energy economy is inevitable -- it's no longer a matter of if, but when," WRI President and CEO Andrew Steer writes. "Elected officials can make America a leader in this new clean energy future and ensure that Americans enjoy better health and a more vigorous economy."
“Smart policies to address climate change will promote competitiveness and growth," Steer said, "something that private investors crave."
To really understand what each country’s climate plan means for national emissions—and to trust that they’re on track to meet it—you need clear and complete information. A new paper finds that eight top emitters could go further in creating transparent plans.
Like anything that goes mainstream, a backlash to carbon pricing was inevitable. But the arguments for carbon pricing are so compelling that critics have been forced to invent their own arguments to criticize.
WRI Climate Director Jennifer Morgan describes COP 21 as "a chance to change course together through a new form of international cooperation—hopefully in time to save the planet."
Testimony of David Waskow before the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
In a November 18, 2015 testimony, David Waskow addresses the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.
While the United States has received criticism in the past for lackluster climate action, recent evidence shows the country is ramping up its ambition—progress that will likely last well beyond COP 21 in Paris.
As Secretary Kerry noted, Virginia's Hampton Roads area, experiencing increasing coastal flooding due to sea level rise, is a microcosm of the bigger risks facing our nation and world.
More than 8 million acres of the U.S. landscape have burned this year. Global Forest Watch provides insights on where they're happening, and how they compare to previous fire seasons.