Working Group on Energy and Climate
Climate change poses a pressing challenge for the United States and the world. Yet, political action at both the state and federal level in the U.S. has proven difficult. Federally, climate legislation has been stuck in a polarized stalemate since the failed Waxman-Markey bill in 2009. States have been more willing to take action, despite congressional gridlock. At the state level, lawmakers have enacted key policies, from regional cap and trade programs, to renewable energy mandates and financing for new energy technologies. What strategies seem most effective in expanding laws for reducing carbon emissions in an equitable and efficient way? What is the role of state versus federal energy and climate reforms? What can the U.S. learn from other advanced economies’ experience with carbon pricing and renewable energy policies to date? The Energy and Climate Working Group addresses these questions and makes information on energy policies widely available through briefs, strategy sessions, and public outreach.