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Emily Pontecorvo is a reporter at Grist

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At international climate talks earlier this month, the U.S. tried to prove to the rest of the world that it would once again be a leader in tackling climate change after several years of backpedaling under President Donald Trump. The Biden administration committed to a suite of flashy pledges to end deforestation, cut emissions of the greenhouse gas methane, and achieve a carbon-neutral aviation industry by 2050.

“The United States is not only back at the table, but hopefully leading by the power of our example,” said President Joe Biden in a speech to world leaders at the start of COP26. “I know it hasn’t been the case, and that’s why my administration is working overtime to show that our climate commitment is action, not words.”

But since the conference ended, Biden’s actions have not instilled confidence. Environmental groups lambasted the administration on Wednesday for moving forward with an enormous sale of oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico. With 80 million acres available, it was the largest Gulf lease sale in U.S. history and could lock in oil and gas production there for the next several decades. This, despite Biden’s campaign pro... Read more

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