Rejoining the Paris Agreement was one of President Joe Biden’s top priorities on his first day in office, and his administration is already looking ahead to the next meeting of the Conference of the Parties in Glasgow this November. However, more ambitious domestic climate action is critical to reestablishing the United States as a global climate leader. While the administration has bold targets for carbon-free electricity by 2035 and net-zero emissions by 2050, executive action alone is not enough, and both Congressional and private sector support will be necessary to achieve these goals over the coming decades.
The new Global Energy Center issue brief, “Raising US Climate Ambition in Advance of COP26: An Economic and National Security Imperative,” by Margaret Jackson and Zachary Strauss assesses why climate action is important to US economic and national security interests and how the energy transition will open new opportunities for employment and economic growth as the country recovers from the global pandemic.
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EnergySource Mar 30, 2021
Offshore wind and labor union partnerships: a boon for an equitable green recovery
By Margaret Jackson and Maria Castillo
The White House just released a plan to “jumpstart” the offshore wind industry in the United States, as one of the major catalysts to fulfill then-candidate Joe Biden’s campaign promise to boost the energy transition and create ten million clean energy jobs in the process. Within the first week of his presidency, President Biden issued […]
In-Depth Research & Reports Mar 2, 2021
Brief 1: Has hydrogen’s time come in the United States?
By David W. Yellen, Randolph Bell
This first brief in the Atlantic Council’s hydrogen policy sprint examines the current state of hydrogen development in the United States and begins to explore pathways for clean hydrogen production across the country.
EnergySource Jan 14, 2021
A clean energy agenda for the US Department of Defense
By Jon Powers and Michael Wu
As the largest institutional consumer of energy in the world, the US Department of Defense (DoD) has a critical role in fulfilling US clean energy and climate commitments. Energy is essential to every aspect of military operations, from fueling ships and aircraft to powering military bases. Investing in clean energy will strengthen US military capabilities and resilience while making meaningful progress on climate goals.