Capital markets players are convinced the US’s long wandering in the wilderness as the world’s chief renegade on climate change is coming to an end.

The election of Joe Biden as president — though without control of the Senate, barring great luck for the Democrats in January’s Georgia run-offs — has wrested power from the most aggressive enemy of climate policy among world leaders and given it to a candidate who knows the urgency of action.

“We’re excited about Biden making climate a central focus of his campaign, and we’ve seen important statements about his plans for his first 100 days,” says Kirsten Spalding, senior programme director at Ceres, the US responsible investment NGO, in San Francisco.

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