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Nov. 2, 2020, 11:04 AM

What the U.S. Election Means for Climate Action: Green Insight

Akshat Rathi
Akshat Rathi
Bloomberg News

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In June 2017, when President Donald Trump announced his intention to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement, many worried other countries would follow suit. Those fears haven’t come to pass, even as the U.S. officially exits the accord on Nov. 4 — the day after the presidential election.

If anything, seasoned climate watchers have been pleasantly surprised to see Asian nations including China, Japan and South Korea publicly set goals to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions before 2050 or 2060. The U.S. is the only one among the world’s five ...