Today, the U.S. is officially re-entering the international agreement, a development that drives the Biden administration into a race to create new carbon commitments that could help shape global climate change ambitions.
Within two months, when President Biden will host an international climate summit, White House officials are under pressure to establish a 2030 carbon target.
Since former President Trump finished the three-year withdrawal process one day after the November election, the U.S. spent 107 days outside of the Paris Agreement.
But although the U.S. is once again party to the first global climate agreement, its membership lacks a necessary ingredient, a so-called nationally defined contribution reflecting the U.S. commitment to the aims of the agreement to restrict warming to levels scientists believe would prevent the worst climate outcomes.
Biden has set a deadline of April 22 to complete the pledge for 2030 emissions cuts ahead of his Earth Day summit. The event is intended to reintroduce the U.S. as a global climate change pioneer and increase global ambition ahead of November’s climate talks in Glasgow, Scotland.
U.S. climate diplomacy experts say the administration has been laying the groundwork since the fall for its latest carbon commitment. It is supposed to draw on analysis from non-federal researchers and think tanks that continued to work on the topic throughout the Trump years, where, though it languished in Washington, U.S. climate progress continued in cities, states and boardrooms.
We Are Still In, a coalition of states, cities and businesses, and America’s Pledge on Climate Change, which tracked their progress, merged today under a new name: America Is All In. Two of the most visible groups that formed in those years
On a call yesterday, members of the newly minted community argued with reporters that non-federal success during the Trump years could serve as a blueprint under Biden for federal regulatory and legislative policies. Compared to 2005 levels, public policies combined with private investment could halve emissions by 2030, allowing the Biden administration to offer an aggressive target that represents such reductions.