Can America Ever Regain Global Leadership on Climate Change?

The Dave Johnson coal-fired power plant in Glenrock, Wyoming, July 27, 2018 (AP photo by J. David Ake).
The Dave Johnson coal-fired power plant in Glenrock, Wyoming, July 27, 2018 (AP photo by J. David Ake).
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All the interruptions, taunts and empty bombast from President Donald Trump during his first debate with Joe Biden left little room for actual discussion of major issues, from the coronavirus pandemic to U.S. foreign policy. Lost especially amid all the noise was climate change, which looms as an existential threat to life in this century. Climate change was only briefly mentioned in last month’s debate, when it was peculiarly framed. For a challenge this important, the battle lines were oddly drawn around questions of extremism. Trump, as unserious as ever, boasted vaguely about the quality of America’s “beautiful” and “crystal […]

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