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Proposals for a North American Climate Strategy

book_alt2 icon Report The new alignment of the United States, Mexico, and Canada on climate change—and the forthcoming North American Leaders’ Summit—present opportunities for these countries to undertake new, coordinated climate action.

Obama speaks in front of Sun Man stained glass window

Accelerating the North American Shift to Clean Energy via Proxy Carbon Pricing

To prepare for North America’s shift to clean energy, U.S., Mexican, and Canadian governments and businesses should apply a proxy carbon price when evaluating potential long-term investments.

A pump jack is seen near New Town, North Dakota.

The Who’s Who of Methane Pollution in the Onshore Oil and Gas Production Sector

book_alt2 icon Report Eleven companies emitted half of all methane pollution in the United States from onshore oil and gas production in 2014.

Washington refinery

Carbon Pricing in a Fiscal Context

article icon Issue Brief The potential revenue from a price on carbon pollution would be a small percentage of the nation’s overall budget.

Bears Ears

Bears Ears Cultural Area: The Most Vulnerable U.S. Site for Looting, Vandalism, and Grave Robbing

A Native American intertribal coalition has asked President Obama to create a national monument in Utah’s Bears Ears region.

Solar power farm in northwestern China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region

Green Finance: The Next Frontier for U.S.-China Climate Cooperation

article icon Issue Brief Both the United States and China need to bolster domestic policy and steer overseas finance in climate-friendly directions.

Gulf shrimp

The Future of Seafood Security: The Fight Against Illegal Fishing and Seafood Fraud

article icon Issue Brief Progress on ferreting out the twin scourges of illegal fishing activity and seafood fraud is a bipartisan priority that can deliver environmental and economic benefits.

octopus garden

Bringing America’s ‘Best Idea’ to Our Oceans

The last two presidents have established massive marine reserves in the remote Pacific Ocean. Now it’s time to take similar action in the waters of the continental United States.

oil field

It Is Time to Phase Out 9 Unnecessary Oil and Gas Tax Breaks

article icon Fact Sheet Congress should phase out nine wasteful tax breaks for the oil and gas industry to level the playing field with cleaner sources of energy.

A solar power plant nears completion.

The Potential of Proxy Carbon Pricing in International Development Finance

article icon Issue Brief International finance institutions can use proxy carbon pricing in conjunction with other tools to drive climate-compatible investments and help meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Farm tractor

Agriculture and the Paris Agreement

article icon Fact Sheet With the Paris agreement in place, climate-smart agriculture practices are essential to the United States’ and other countries’ efforts to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and to build resilience to the threats of climate change.

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