U.S. NGOs, Companies and States Moving Forward at UN Meeting, But Feds Are MIA

U.S. NGOs, Companies and States Moving Forward at UN Meeting, But Feds Are MIA

The U.S. government is visibly absent here in Madrid — it does not have a meeting pavilion to showcase the nation’s efforts and to give its government participants a place to convene other governments and stakeholders to show what is happening in the U.S. on climate change.  But the U.S. is still well-represented at the UN Climate Meeting by an army of environmental groups, state and local governments, corporations, and philanthropists.

Why This Matters:  U.S. Stakeholders are putting up a brave front and have not taken their foot off the gas (bad pun) — and, in fact, are working to increase the actionable commitments by U.S. stakeholders.  But being “in” simply is not enough for the U.S., which had led the prior COPs and is the second-largest emitter. 

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