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‘All in’ climate diplomacy: How a Biden-Harris administration can leverage city, state, business, and community climate action

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As the U.S. federal government re-engages with international climate policy, it should not retire the groundswell of city, state, business, and community climate action that has held the line for the last four years, but incorporate it into a reinvigorated “all in” climate diplomacy. Specifically, the Biden-Harris administration should:

  • Leverage climate action across all of society to ensure that U.S. climate targets represent maximum ambition while highlighting credible pathways to implementation
  • Integrate U.S. subnational and nonstate climate action into diplomacy, moving from simply highlighting the scale of non-federal action to actively incorporating it into operational strategies
  • Create institutional structures in the State Department and the federal organizing architecture, which may include a new National Climate Council, to empower U.S. cities, states, businesses, and communities to drive climate action not just at home but also globally.

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School Authors: Nathan Hultman, Leon Clarke, Haewon McJeon, Morgan Edwards, Yiyun 'Ryna' Cui, Christina Bowman, Jiehong Lou

Other Authors: Carla Frisch , Kevin Kennedy, Tom Cyrs, Pete Hansel, Paul Bodnar, Michelle Manion , Jessie Lund , Michael I. Westphal, Andrew Clapper , Joel Jaeger , Arijit Sen , Devashree Saha, Wendy Jaglom, Koben Calhoun, Kristin Igusky, James deWeese, Kareem Hammoud, J.C. Altimirano, Margaret Dennis, Chris Henderson, Gill Zwicker, John O'Neill