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US Sees Increase in Severe Storms and Billion Dollar Weather Events in 2021
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US Sees Increase in Severe Storms and Billion Dollar Weather Events in 2021

This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard United States Country Manager Nathan HolmanAs the climate changes, so does the weather. Flooding, storms, and other extreme events are perhaps the most visceral marker of the danger we face as global average temperature continues to near 1.5 degrees Celsius over pre-industrial levels.Billion-Dollar Weather Events Since the start...

Nuclear Power Supplies 20% of the Energy Generated in the U.S.
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Nuclear Power Supplies 20% of the Energy Generated in the U.S.

This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard U.S. Country Manager Nathan Holman   Generation of electricity is the second largest producer of greenhouse gases in the United States. Combating climate change will inevitably require cleaner methods of generating power. Although slightly controversial, nuclear power provides a clear answer as it is the only zero-emission form...

Politics Stands in the Way of a Green America
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Politics Stands in the Way of a Green America

This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard United States Country Manager Nathan HolmanBackground In the first six months of his presidency, President Biden has made substantial progress undoing the damaging environmental policies of the Trump administration. The new President has re-instated science experts on review boards, reneged the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline and...

U.S. is Committed to Reducing its Emissions by 50-52 Percent Below 2005 Levels by 2030
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U.S. is Committed to Reducing its Emissions by 50-52 Percent Below 2005 Levels by 2030

This post was submitted by US Country Manager Nathan Holman   Current Level of Greenhouse Gas Emissions In 2019, net greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. totaled 5,769 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MMT CO2 Eq.). This number accounts for greenhouse gas sinks. Total 2019 emissions in the U.S. (not accounting for sinks)...

Boston, MA: Best Climate Practice City in the United States
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Boston, MA: Best Climate Practice City in the United States

This post was submitted by United States Country Manager Nathan Holman Introduction Boston, Massachusetts has long been a leader on climate action among cities in the United States. As a member of the C40 Cities network (connecting some of the world’s most prominent cities around bold climate action goals), Boston has also garnered attention at...

Best Climate Practice USA: 350.org
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Best Climate Practice USA: 350.org

This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard US Country Manager Stephanie Gagnon350.org is a climate-focused organization based in the United States that operates internationally. Founded in 2008, the NGO mobilizes activists to fight climate change at the grassroots level, opposing new construction of coal plants and pipelines, supporting renewable energy solutions, and cutting financial flows...

The SunShot Initiative in the US
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The SunShot Initiative in the US

This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard US Country Manager Stephanie GagnonThe United States invests heavily in research and development (R&D) to improve efficiency and reduce costs of renewable energy. Through the successful SunShot Initiative, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Solar Technologies Office (SETO) invests hundreds of millions of dollars in reducing the...

Climate Mitigation in the US: Include a Price on Carbon, Reinstate the Clean Power Plan, and Electrify Transportation
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Climate Mitigation in the US: Include a Price on Carbon, Reinstate the Clean Power Plan, and Electrify Transportation

Policy Recommendation # 1: Put a Price on Carbon Congress should put a price on carbon dioxide emissions either through a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade program, starting at a level commensurate with science-based targets and rising steadily through 2030. The price should apply at the source and should target large-scale high-emitting facilities like power...

United States Leads the Way in the Growth of Renewables for Power Generation
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United States Leads the Way in the Growth of Renewables for Power Generation

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), the U.S. consumed a total of 4288.76 Terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity in 2018, an increase of 46.88% from 1990 and 16% since 2008. According to the United States Energy Information Administration (EIA), the U.S. received 28% of its electricity from coal, 34% from natural gas, 20% from...

U.S. Falling Short Without Federal Policy – 3.7% Increase in Emissions Since 1990
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U.S. Falling Short Without Federal Policy – 3.7% Increase in Emissions Since 1990

Recently Reported Greenhouse Gas Level: 6,776.6 Metric Tons in 2018 (including CO2, CH4, and fluoridated gases), an Increase of 3.7% over 1990 Levels (Source: USEPA) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2020 Inventory of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2018 reported that U.S. emissions in 2018 totaled 6,766.6 million metric tons (MMT), netting 5,903.2 MMT after...

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