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The US Makes Use of Cap-and-Trade and Cap-and-Invest Programs
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The US Makes Use of Cap-and-Trade and Cap-and-Invest Programs

Only thirteen states have adopted an emissions trading system in the United States. Eleven states in the northeast (Connecticut, Maine, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont) are part of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), which is a cap-and-trade program. California also has a cap-and-trade program, while...

The US Presidential Election is Hugely Important to the Future of Climate Policy
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The US Presidential Election is Hugely Important to the Future of Climate Policy

The 2024 US presidential election is likely the most critical in America’s history. It has significant implications for the country’s climate policy.The two leading candidates – Joe Biden (Democrat and incumbent) and Donald Trump (Republican and past President) – have vehemently opposed views on climate change. President Biden strongly supports the Paris Agreement and passed...

US Congress Needs to Address Climate Change as an Overall Issue Affecting Different Economic Sectors
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US Congress Needs to Address Climate Change as an Overall Issue Affecting Different Economic Sectors

In 2022, the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) passed in Congress through President Joe Biden’s push for climate legislation. Hailed as a victory for some environmentalists, the Act has garnered criticism from many. Originally proposed in the form of the Build Back Better Plan, the measure did not pass and was rewritten as the IRA. The...

The United States’ Most Significant Climate Policies of 2023
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The United States’ Most Significant Climate Policies of 2023

Michigan’s Healthy Climate Plan According to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), the average annual temperature in Michigan rose three degrees between 1900 and 2023. Last year, the final version of the Michigan Healthy Climate Plan (MI Health Climate Plan) was released by EGLE. This is a long-term climate change adaptation...

The U.S Emissions Inventory is Comprehensive, but Information Could be Provided on a More Timely Basis
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The U.S Emissions Inventory is Comprehensive, but Information Could be Provided on a More Timely Basis

Rating BThe Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks is a critical report that helps the U.S. government and the public apprehend the sources and trends of greenhouse gas emissions. It also helps the U.S. fulfill its international commitments to report its greenhouse gas inventory under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change...

Practices exist to help US farmers cope with climate change but require technical, policy and capacity-building support
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Practices exist to help US farmers cope with climate change but require technical, policy and capacity-building support

Rating BThe impact of climate change on the economy varies from sector to sector. Still, as a critical user of land, water, and other natural resources, the agricultural sector is significantly vulnerable.  Climate change in the United States has caused reduced crop growth and extended growing seasons that are detrimental to the ability of farmers...

Climate’s Effect on Water Issues in the United States
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Climate’s Effect on Water Issues in the United States

Rating: B Climate change has impacted water resources in the United States in countless ways over the last decade. In western states, these impacts vary from severe drought to shortage of surface and groundwater resources, while at the same time, eastern and Gulf Coast states are experiencing rising sea levels and flooding. People living in...

The US Inflation Reduction Act and Continued Expansion of Renewable Energy
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The US Inflation Reduction Act and Continued Expansion of Renewable Energy

Climate Progress in the First Half of 2023 Rating B-   The Inflation Reduction Act was rolled out in early 2023 to the anticipation of many. The bill addresses many climate and environmental issues. In the bill, $90 billion will be spent on public transportation, $65 billion on power infrastructure, $21 billion on environmental projects,...

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