Submitted by Andy Stone, Communications Manager, Kleinman Center for Energy Policy
The new episode is a conversation with a former State Department climate negotiator who was involved in the Paris climate deal. He discusses the current White House debate around Paris, and the implications for global climate cooperation if the U.S. backs out.
The Trump administration has offered conflicting messages on its intention to remain a party to the 2015 Paris Climate Accord. The question of U.S. involvement reaches a climax this week as senior advisers to the President hash out the administration’s path forward, with potentially far reaching implications for the climate deal, and for the United States’ role as a steady leader in global diplomacy.
In the latest episode of the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy’s Energy Policy Now podcast, former State Department climate negotiator Andrew Light discusses the battle in the White House over Paris, and the fate of the accord without U.S. leadership. Light, a recent visiting scholar to the Kleinman Center, examines whether it will be possible for the U.S. to meaningfully “maintain its seat at the table” of climate dialogue even as it pulls back from global climate efforts.
Light also provides insights into the negotiations leading to the Paris climate deal, and the unique political environment in the U.S. and abroad that made the agreement possible. Light is a Distinguished Senior Fellow in the Global Climate Program at the World Resources Institute and Director of the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy at George Mason University.