The Clean Power Plan (CPP) is gaining renewed prominence in the run-up to the oral arguments in the DC Court of Appeals. The CPP is the centerpiece of the U.S. commitments under the Paris Climate Agreement, ratified just last Saturday by the United States and China—the world’s two largest emitters. As the 2016 election cycle heats up, Americans will weigh two very different directions for U.S. energy and climate leadership and public opinion is likely to play a role in shaping policy.
On September 12, the Global Economy and Development program at Brookings hosted the University of Maryland’s Steven Kull for the presentation of a new, in-depth survey of public support for policies ranging from the CPP and carbon pricing to U.S. commitments under the Paris Agreement. Following his remarks, discussants William K. Reilly, former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator, Adele Morris, director of the Climate and Energy Economics Project at Brookings, and Nathan Hultman, director of the Environmental Policy program and the University of Maryland School of Public Policy joined in a wider conversation on the future of U.S. clean energy initiatives and implications for climate action. Cross-Brookings Initiative on Energy and Climate Co-Chair Bruce Jones moderated the discussion and audience Q&A.
Senior Advisor; TPG Capital, LP - Former Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Former Senior Fellow - Economic Studies
Financial Stability Climate Committee Chair - Federal Reserve
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Biden’s overarching message [in an address to the U.N. General Assembly] . . . was that strategic competition with China will not in any way diminish America’s commitment to working with other nations to tackle shared existential threats like climate change and pandemics. [The challenge for the U.S. president is to find a way of tackling shared threats in an era of great power rivalry and nationalism...] He will try to work with China but he also needs a back-up plan if that fails to materialise. Today’s speech was a first step in that direction.