10:00 am EDT - 12:00 pm EDT

Past Event

A New Political Climate for Global Warming

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

10:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT

The Brookings Institution
Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC

Global warming is now a key issue in the 2008 presidential campaign, sparking a larger debate about energy use and provoking policy prescriptions ranging from diplomacy to conservation to investing in research and harnessing market forces. On May 22, the Opportunity 08 project at the Brookings Institution hosts veteran campaign policy advisors in its second forum on the nation’s most pressing policy challenges.

Panel Two: The Political ClimateParticipants included John Raidt, long-time advisor to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.); Denis McDonough, policy advisor for Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.); James Kvaal, policy director for former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.); and Todd Stern, policy advisor for Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.). They examined how the issues of global warming, energy security and the environment can-and should-affect the 2008 election. Rick Klein, senior political reporter and author of ABC’s “The Note,” will moderate the discussion.

The event  also included Brookings Managing Director William Antholis, an expert on the international politics of climate change; David Sandalow, Brookings Energy & Environment Scholar; and Gregg Easterbrook, a visiting fellow at Brookings.

Opportunity 08 aims to help presidential candidates and the public focus on critical issues facing the nation, providing ideas, policy forums, and information on a broad range of domestic and foreign policy questions.

Panel One:
The Challenge of Global Warming and Energy Security


William Antholis
Brookings Managing Director


David Sandalow
Brookings Energy &
Environment Scholar

Gregg Easterbrook
Brookings Visiting Fellow
Panel Two:
The Political Climate


Rick Klein
ABC News Senior Political Reporter and
Author of ABC’s “The Note”


John Raidt
Policy Advisor, John McCain 2008
(via video teleconference)

James Kvaal
Policy Director, John Edwards for President
Denis McDonough
Policy Advisor, Obama for America

Todd Stern
Policy Advisor, Hillary Clinton for President