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
Director, Center for Global Sustainability - University of Maryland
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[On climate change] The reality is somewhat different. Climate is a leadership and followership game — the leaders are ready for energy transitions, but by themselves, they don’t matter unless followers also come along.