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China will adhere to its commitments under the Paris Agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and is on track to exceed key targets early, despite the U.S. administration’s intention to withdraw from the historic climate pact, a senior Chinese climate expert said after a meeting between U.S. and Chinese policy experts in San Francisco.

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In his first Insights post as Director, WRI United States, Dan Lashof focuses on some good news from California: a comprehensive suite of climate policies helped the Golden State meet its 2020 target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions four years early, while California's economy grew.

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On June 26, Kevin Kennedy testified before the Subcommittee on Energy (under the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Energy and Commerce) during a hearing entitled “The Shifting Geopolitics of Oil and Gas.”

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The Paris Agreement was the result of unexpected collaboration between the United States and China. President Trump has backed his nation out of the deal, but the surge in subnational action in the U.S. creates an opportunity for joint research, knowledge transfer and continued low-carbon development.

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President Donald Trump’s approval of a four-year tariff on imported solar panels will raise costs, cut installations, reduce jobs and slow the decline in greenhouse gas emissions. But the economic and environmental benefits of solar power remain strong, and governments, businesses and individuals should act now to lock in a low-carbon future.

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