The New York Times reports that New York Mayor Bloomberg has shelved part of his effort to improve the energy efficiency of buildings in New York by requiring owners both to conduct energy audits and to pay for the installation of retrofits. Oweners objected; they couldn’t comply in today’s bad economy.
The Impact of the Paris Climate Change Agreement in the United States
The United States, under the Obama administration, joined the Paris Agreement in 2015 and committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2025. However, in June 2017, the Trump administration announced its intention to withdraw from the agreement (Shear). In April 2021, President Joe