Live: Can Obama—And Congress—Fix Climate Change?
At the third Climate Desk Live event, a panel of experts weighs lawmakers’ next best moves on global warming.
Tuesday morning, the third Climate Desk Live briefing considered a question on many minds: What can we reasonably expect to happen on climate change in the next four years, given the current political state of affairs?
The event, which I hosted, featured a leading member of Congress on the climate issue: Rep. Ed Markey of Massachusetts. Markey is not only the top Democrat on the Natural Resources Committee; he’s also author of the only climate legislation to pass a chamber of Congress—the Waxman-Markey bill.
In addition to Markey, we had a panel of expert commentators weighing the president’s options—and what can be accomplished by the executive branch. They were:
- Eric Pooley, author of The Climate War and Senior Vice President at the Environmental Defense Fund. For some of Pooley’s thoughts on Obama’s climate options, see here.
- Vicki Arroyo, Director of the Georgetown Climate Center. For Arroyo’s popular TED Talk on adapting to climate change, see here.
- Bill Becker, Director of the Presidential Climate Action Project, which has just released its 2012 Presidential Climate Action Plan.