Climate Change at the G20

Like all other nations in the G20, the United States still had some form of NDCs on the topic of climate change as it would continue to “endeavor to work closely with other countries to help them access and use fossil fuels more cleanly and efficiently and help deploy renewable and other clean energy sources, given the importance of energy access and security in their nationally-determined contributions.”

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Climate Change Impacts for the United States Will Actually be Much Worse

The authors also failed to mention that this minimum amount is comparable to the estimated costs of moving the U.S. energy system away from fossil fuels. Had the context of their analysis and overall framing of the issue been more fully explored, it would have been obvious why the Paris Accord was agreed to and supported by leaders of all but now one of the nations of the world.

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It’s not easy being green, or is it

The keynote speaker, Kristalina Georgieva, CEO of the World Bank group spoke regarding the economic value of going green. She spoke of the World Bank’s work in spreading renewable energy around the world, saying that some of the best work they’ve done is helping to start what is now a billion dollar solar power industry in China as well as an investment in India for Solar energy.

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Oceans take the spotlight in New York City

Over 6000 people participated in the conference bringing together people from all corners of the world to work on something that connects us all. The conference ended on a positive note with people feeling optimistic about the potential, a more positive note for global environmental work after the United States, a country with high levels of pollution and environmental impact, recently withdrew from the Paris Agreement.

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Hawaii among states implementing Paris goals

Hawaii has also joined other states, Washington, California, Virginia and New York, that remain committed to the goals set in Paris. While the actions of one state alone may not make up for the effects that could be achieved as a nation, Governor Ige’s actions prove that regardless of our administration’s stance on climate change, Americans are still willing to do what it takes to combat the effects of climate change however they can.

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