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.

This morning, the third Climate Desk Live briefing will consider 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 am hosting, features 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’ll have a panel of expert commentators weighing the president’s options—and what can be accomplished by the executive branch. They are:

  • 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.

Live stream of the event starts at 9:30 a.m. EST today. Watch it here: 

 

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