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President-elect Joe Biden has unveiled key members of his foreign policy and national security team. The nominees include Antony Blinken for Secretary of State; Alejandro Mayorkas for Secretary of Homeland Security; Avril Haines for Director of National Intelligence; Linda Thomas-Greenfield for U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations; Jake Sullivan for National Security Advisor; and John Kerry for Special Presidential Envoy for Climate. Following is a statement from Andrew Steer, President & CEO, World Resources Institute.

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Research from WRI reveals the most impactful steps that President-elect Biden and the new Congress can take to harness the carbon-removing power of trees and forests in the United States. Taking these steps can turn bipartisan rhetoric supporting tree restoration into tangible action.

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According to multiple media sources, Joseph R. Biden and Kamala Harris have been confirmed as the winners of the 2020 U.S. election. They received the most votes by a president ticket in U.S. history and were able to win several states that Donald Trump had won in 2016. The U.S. House of Representatives stayed majority Democrat. The outcome for the composition of the U.S. Senate is very close and currently undetermined.

Following is a statement from Dr. Andrew Steer, President & CEO, World Resources Institute.

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Today the U.S. officially became the only country to abandon the Paris Agreement on climate change. The withdrawal comes a day after the U.S. election, the results of which are still unclear. If a U.S. administration sends a request to the United Nations to re-enter the accord, the country would again be party to the Paris Agreement after a period of 30 days. Following is a statement from Helen Mountford, Vice President, Climate & Economics, World Resources Institute.

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Recognizing that addressing climate change in the U.S. will require action at all levels of government, WRI convened thought leaders among current and former U.S. federal, state, and local government officials in a dialogue to explore these topics. This paper sets out the context and findings of the dialogue discussions, and proposes a working federalism framework to delineate roles within a future federal climate policy.

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