Midterms and Transatlantic Energy and Climate Impact
17:00-18:00 CET, 11:00-12:00 EST
This panel discussion focused on the current status of US climate policy and regulation at the Federal level, how midterm elections affected climate policy going forward, and opportunities and trends in state-level climate policy. The panel discussed how President Biden has tried to balance energy security priorities amid high prices for natural gas and gasoline and his administration’s push to accelerate the United States to a low-carbon economy.
Speakers dove into the challenges the Biden administration has faced in this area, what the United States can reasonably expect with regards to climate action after the mid-term elections, and what states have done to reduce emissions as legislation has been stalled at the federal level. This conversation provided an opportunity to look at what opportunities and risks the administration faces in international climate diplomacy as it becomes less clear whether the United States will meet its 2030 target.
- Dan Reifsnyder, Acting Head of Programs at Climate Advisers and the Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment at the Department of State
- Claire Healy, Director of the Washington Office, E3G
- Michael Werz, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
- Matt Piotrowski: Sr. Director of Policy and Research at Climate Advisers