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.

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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.

About Climate Desk

The Climate Desk is a journalistic collaboration dedicated to exploring the impact—human, environmental, economic, political—of a changing climate. The partners are The Atlantic, Center for Investigative Reporting, Grist, The Guardian, Huffington Post, Mother Jones, Slate, and Wired.