The Joe Biden-Kamala Harris Administration enters office on the back of an ambitious climate agenda, departing from four years in which the White House was largely indifferent or even antagonistic to climate priorities. On the surface, the Biden-Harris climate agenda sends powerful signals to the international community, to business and to sub-national governments. Beneath the surface, the agenda will face a number of challenges to implementation. So what can we expect to see in the Biden-Harris Administration’s first year?
In this first installment of the Canada-US Climate Policy Series, three US policy insiders share their insights on what elements of the Biden-Harris climate agenda will get prioritized in 2021. What sectors and industries will be targeted? What policy tools will be used? What hurdles will need to be overcome? And what does it all mean for the longer-term trajectory of climate policy under this Administration?
If you’re a decision maker, policy practitioner, business leader or climate advocate in Canada or the US, this webinar will provide valuable insights.
The Can-US Climate Policy Series is brought to you by Smart Prosperity Institute at University of Ottawa & Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and the Duke University Energy Initiative.
Featuring: Tim Profeta, Director, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University & Co-Chair of Climate 21 Project, Joe Kruger, Policy and Strategy Director, Georgetown Climate Center at Georgetown University, Ana Unruh Cohen, Staff Director, US House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis and Stewart Elgie, Executive Chair, Smart Prosperity Institute & Professor of law and economics, University of Ottawa and facilitated by Eric Campbell, Associate, Smart Prosperity Institute.
- The Biden-Harris climate agenda is captured in these key documents
- “The Biden Plan for a Clean Energy Revolution and Environmental Justice” ($1.7 trillion over 10 years)
- “The Biden Plan to Build a Modern, Sustainable Infrastructure and an Equitable Clean Energy Future” ($2 trillion over 4 years)
- “Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force Recommendations”
- “Clean Energy for Biden Final Recommendations”
- The Climate 21 Project provides recommendations for how the White House should coordinate 11 White House offices, federal departments, and federal agencies for a whole-of-government approach to climate
- Examples of state-level climate leadership
- Moderator’s pick
- “How Biden Can Start Protecting the Environment”, in Outside Magazine, for a spectacular summary of the way forward for Biden on climate change. Perfect for people interested, but not expert, in policy and legislative tools.