Welcome to the Earth.Org Global Sustainability Index, where Earth.Org examines the policies and actions regarding the environment of every nation on earth. Combining the most respected global indexes on pollution, climate change, policy, energy, oceans, biodiversity we have produced an overall Global Index, which will be updated annually. This is the Global Sustainability Index scorecard for the United States.

Politics impede the United State’s prospects of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The current administration seems invested in dismantling past policies that would mitigate the climate crisis; as of May 2020, the administration has rolled back nearly 100 environmental regulations and has withdrawn from the Paris Agreement. The country emits 15% of the world’s emissions and is the world’s largest producer of natural gas. 

Ironically, while President Trump has spoken of reviving the coal industry, records reveal that the average annual coal capacity retirements during Obama’s terms were 4.2 Gigawatts from 2009-12 and 9.2 Gigawatts from 2013-2016, respectively. Yet, President Trump’s first term saw a retirement of 11.7 Gigawatts, higher than either of Obama’s terms, while pledging to do the opposite. This shows no signs of faltering either, with a record breaking 14 Gigawatts of coal capacity expected to be retired in 2019. Additionally, renewable energy is projected to increase. 


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Earth.Org Global Sustainability Index Ranking image description: United States (USA) Rankings – Policy: 99, Pollution: 27, Climate Change: 61, Oceans: 90, Biodiversity: 8, Energy: 34, Earth.Org Global Sustainability Index Ranking 197.