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Nov. 18, 2021 by Maggie Dewane, Catalina Gonzalez

U.S. Uses COP26 to Signal Leadership on Climate, but More Action Needed

The reactions are pouring in following the closing of the COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow. Generally, while some progress was made, the news across the board is that not enough was accomplished to keep the planet under the 1.5-degree Celsius threshold necessary to stave off climate catastrophe. There was, however, a  noticeable shift from years’ past: the U.S. presence.

President Joe Biden rejoined the Paris Climate Agreement on his first day in office, fulfilling a campaign promise immediately and noting to the world, “The U.S. is back.” At the meetings in Glasgow, it was clear the Biden administration wanted to show this return to global leadership by sending an extensive contingency to represent the U.S. government. In addition to Biden’s Climate Envoy John Kerry, 12 cabinet members and senior administration officials were tapped, including Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, and less public-facing office heads from the White House Office of Science and Technology and National Economic Council.

In addition to the cohort from the Biden administration, climate action advocates from the House of Representatives were present, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the Green New Deal author Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and long-time environmental champion …

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U.S. Uses COP26 to Signal Leadership on Climate, but More Action Needed