‘The Stakes Couldn’t Be Any Higher’
Todd Stern, Obama’s right hand at the Paris accords, says this U.S. election is make-or-break for efforts to fight runaway climate change.
Even as the California wildfires have charred more than 5 million acres, displacing hundreds of thousands of people and sending smoke as far as New York City, U.S. President Donald Trump has continued to dismiss scientific evidence of climate change, bizarrely claiming “it’ll start getting cooler.” Meanwhile, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has taken up the mantle of scientific reason. Only a day after calling Trump a “climate arsonist,” Biden received Scientific American’s first presidential endorsement in its 175-year history.
Chloe Hadavas is an associate editor at Foreign Policy. Twitter: @Hadavas
Augusta Saraiva was an intern at Foreign Policy in 2020. Twitter: @gutavsaraiva
More from Foreign Policy
America Is a Heartbeat Away From a War It Could Lose
Global war is neither a theoretical contingency nor the fever dream of hawks and militarists.
The West’s Incoherent Critique of Israel’s Gaza Strategy
The reality of fighting Hamas in Gaza makes this war terrible one way or another.
Biden Owns the Israel-Palestine Conflict Now
In tying Washington to Israel’s war in Gaza, the U.S. president now shares responsibility for the broader conflict’s fate.
Taiwan’s Room to Maneuver Shrinks as Biden and Xi Meet
As the latest crisis in the straits wraps up, Taipei is on the back foot.