May 18th, 2017 - 12:30 pm

Climate Change in the Age of Trump

  • Date: May 18th, 2017 - 12:30 pm
  • Location: Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, San Giorgio Maggiore Island, Venice more info
  • Organized by: FEEM-ICCG Policy Seminar
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  • Working language: English


Who is the Environmental Defense? What is our history? How do we fit into the environmental community in the U.S. and around the world? What role has EDF played in the several climate change policies that Trump proposes to rollback and what we are doing to fight back?

Trump’s policies and his team of climate deniers
The seminar will discuss where Trump’s opposition to action on climate comes from. We will discuss the Trump appointments to key environmental ministries, especially Scott Pruitt, the Administrator of the Environmental Protections, as well as positions and what their backgrounds are. The discussion will note the few members of the administration who believe climate change is real and that the U.S. has an obligation to act to prevent climate catastrophe and how we can mobilize the knowledge of these people to prevent climate catastrophe.

What is Trump Proposing?
Trump has undertaken a broad attack on climate action. The actions include eliminating the Clean Power, the regulations that established to reduce CO2 from coal power plants by 31% by 2030. He has proposed to eliminate all the climate programs at both the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. He is trying to make large cuts in the budgets of the EPA and DOE and at other agencies doing climate science. Trump said during the campaign that we would withdraw from the Paris Accord, but since taking office has been equivocal about Paris. He says also that he may repeal fuel economy standards for automobiles that have led to worldwide reduction in CO2 per mile traveled from the transportation sector.
The talk will spend some detail discussion is what can Trump do on his own, what will require rulemaking and what will require legislation. We will want to give our perspective on what is the likely outcome of these proposals.

What Progress Can Be Made during the Trump term – regardless of what Trump says or tries to do.
Clean energy is growing exponentially in the U. S and Trump and while Trump can slow progress, he will not be able to defeat either the technologies or market progress. Also, many states and cities and many U.S. corporations are vowing to stay the course of climate progress. What are some of those commitments and how valuable are they.

What Can Europe Do to keep the U.S. Moving Forward on Climate.
We will propose a number of ways that Europe can partner with U.S. states, cities, and corporations to reduce greenhouse emissions. We will propose a partnership between U.S. and European NGO’s. One of the most important parts of the session will be some proposals about how Europe can push back against Trump to protect Paris and other climate policies that are under threat. We also will discuss what is important to preserve, so that after Trump leaves office, we can quickly make up some of the lost time on climate.

  • Speakers
    • Jim Marston

      Jim Marston is Vice President of the Clean Energy Program at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF).

      He is also the founding director of the Texas office of EDF, located in Austin, where he has served since its beginning in 1988.

      Jim led the successful fight to stop TXU from building a dozen coal plants in Texas and ultimately negotiated a first-of-its-kind deal with private equity buyers involving more than a dozen commitments on climate change. He is also a leader of the Pecan Street, Inc., a partnership that includes Austin Energy, the University of Texas, the Chamber of Commerce, and several large high/clean tech companies aimed at making fundamental changes in the nation’s electricity grid. Jim also helped to design and to advocate for some of the most innovative state legislation in the country including the Texas Renewable Portfolio Standard that led to almost 10,000 MW’s of new wind energy in Texas and the first-in-the-nation “no regrets” global warming law.

      Jim was EDF’s State Climate Initiatives director from 2002 until 2009. In that position, he helped direct EDF’s successes in states from the west coast to New England and Florida on a wide-range of legislation and regulations to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases. Among EDF’s most important state climate victories was the passage of the California Car Greenhouse Gas Standards in 2002 that ultimately lead to national greenhouse standards for automobiles in 2010 and the passage of AB32 in 2006, the first state legislation with a cap on statewide emissions of greenhouse gases.

  • Introduced by
    • Marinella Davide

      Marinella Davide joined the ICCG in 2010. She analyses the ongoing negotiating process for the post-2012 climate agreement, with a concerted focus on the various negotiating positions and hot issues. Moreover, her work also concentrates on domestic measures and actions undertaken by key countries in both climate change and energy policy areas.
      Marinella holds a Postgraduate Advanced Master in Global Environmental Protection and International Policies from University of Tuscia, in collaboration with the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea. In 2007 she graduated in Diplomatic and International Sciences from the University of Bologna (Forlì campus) with a thesis on the Flexible Mechanisms of the Kyoto Protocol and the European Emissions Trading Scheme. Her fields of interest include international environmental cooperation, international and national climate policies and emission trading system.

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