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How Will America's Environmental Initiatives Change Under President Biden?

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We’re coming off a year that was defined by transformative and disruptive change. Now there is plenty more on the horizon with a new presidential administration taking office here in 2021.

What should environment, health, safety, and sustainability professionals expect as America welcomes new leadership in the White House? Will the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris lead to increased federal emphasis on environmental initiatives? It seems very likely.

As Election Looms, the Trump Administration's Formal Withdrawal of the U.S. From the Global Paris Agreement Goes Into Effect

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The US becomes the only country to leave the global pact, weakening the nation’s standing on climate change

Despite today’s action, 4000+ leaders pledge to continue the public and private sector work to achieve the pact’s most ambitious goals

'Tobacco at a Cancer Summit': Trump Coal Push Savaged at Climate Conference

The US administration’s attempt to portray fossil fuels as vital to reducing poverty and saving US jobs is ridiculed in Bonn
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By Damian Carrington 

The Trump team was heckled and interrupted by a protest song at the UN’s climate change summit in Bonn on Monday after using its only official appearance to say fossil fuels were vital to reducing poverty around the world and to saving jobs in the US.

The U.S. Is Tackling Global Warming, Even if Trump Isn’t

New York Times Op-Ed by Mike Bloomberg and Jerry Brown
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"American leaders from state capitols, city halls and businesses across the country have shown up in force, and we have delivered a unified message to the world: American society remains committed to our pledge under the agreement."

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As U.S. Sheds Role as Climate Change Leader, Who Will Fill the Void?

By Lisa Friedman
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When President Trump announced in June that the United States would withdraw from the Paris agreement, America officially ceded its global leadership on climate change.

The retreat had actually begun months earlier, when climate change disappeared from most government websites and vanished from America’s domestic and international agendas. No longer would the United States federal government address climate change at home or raise global warming with ministers and heads of state, as former President Barack Obama and his cabinet routinely did.

As U.S. Sheds Role as Climate Change Leader, Who Will Fill the Void?

By Lisa Friedman
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When President Trump announced in June that the United States would withdraw from the Paris agreement, America officially ceded its global leadership on climate change.

The retreat had actually begun months earlier, when climate change disappeared from most government websites and vanished from America’s domestic and international agendas. No longer would the United States federal government address climate change at home or raise global warming with ministers and heads of state, as former President Barack Obama and his cabinet routinely did.

We Are Still In: How Businesses Reshape Political Advocacy in Washington

by Jan Lee
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In June, after months of debate and tense speculation, President Donald Trump did something that would have unprecedented impact in the U.S. business community: He announced he would be pulling the United States’ support for the Paris Accord.

NYU Law Launches New Center to Help State AGs Fight Environmental Rollbacks

by Juliet Eilperin
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NYU School of Law will launch a new center, financed by Bloomberg Philanthropies, aimed at helping state attorneys general fight any federal moves to roll back renewable energy, environmental protections and climate policies.

Trump Won't Stop Americans Hitting the Paris Climate Targets. Here's How We Do It

by Michael Bloomberg
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Forget the White House, a new coalition of cities, businesses and universities are taking a lead role in fighting climate change.

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Forget the White House, a new coalition of cities, businesses and universities are taking a lead role in fighting climate change.

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