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Biden's Climate Report Card: 4 A's, 2 B's, 3 Incompletes

June 3, 2021

Jeff D. Colgan and co-authors Thomas N. Hale (University of Oxford) and Scott M. Moore (University of Pennsylvania) recently published, "Biden's Climate Report Card: 4 A's, 2 B's, 3 Incompletes," in Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.  


It is time to give an early take on the Biden administration’s climate diplomacy. Now that the U.S. has gotten past the first few months of a Biden presidency, what has his administration’s concerted efforts accomplished? What priorities remain outstanding, and what are in need of further attention as we look toward the upcoming Glasgow Climate Change Conference this November? To find out, Jeff Colgan and his co-authors evaluated the nine internationally-oriented climate pledges made by the Biden campaign during the 2020 presidential election. Their findings have been broken down into three categories: Where Biden has delivered; Some progress: investing in technology, and interim targets; and Baby steps or no progress: diplomatic and trade measures, climate finance.