Recent actions from the Trump administration could not only undermine the government's ability to protect the environment and public health, they erode the foundations of good governance.
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In this episode of the WRI Podcast, experts Andrew Light and David Waskow discuss the diplomatic, economic and strategic implications if the United States were to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change.
Pulling out of the Paris Agreement on climate change would put the United States at odds with its most steadfast allies and trade partners.
At a Senate confirmation hearing, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, President Trump's choice to be Energy Secretary, showed a limited grasp of the relationship between fossil fuels and climate change, and did not make the connection to the need to transition to a low-carbon energy system.
In their confirmation hearings, Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson, EPA Administrator nominee Scott Pruitt and Secretary of Energy nominee Rick Perry stopped short of denying climate change is real. But they insisted—at odds with the science—that there is uncertainty about the causes and effects.
The Economic Impacts of the Clean Power Plan: How Studies of the Same Regulation Can Produce Such Different Results
Various organizations have published forecasts of the economic impacts of the Clean Power Plan (CPP), EPA’s regulation that limits carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, with studies arriving at markedly different conclusions about the effect of the policy on electricity affordability and...
China intends to advance ambitious climate action, and research shows the country is already making progress. The country's coal consumption has likely peaked, while renewable energy capacity has expanded significantly.
At his Senate confirmation hearing, Rex Tillerson, the former CEO of ExxonMobil who has been nominated as the next secretary of State, provided measured and carefully crafted answers, but did little to reassure the American public that he would lead on climate change.