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“Containing Climate Change: Restoring US Leadership Domestically and Diplomatically” – Dr. Rick Duke
March 4, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Speaker: Dr. Rick Duke
Monday, March 4, 2019 @ 7 pm
Center for Natural Sciences (CNS) C101
Illinois Wesleyan University
During the Obama administration, Dr. Duke, who holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University, worked at the White House as Special Assistant to the President, Office of Energy and Climate Change (2012-2016), and as the Deputy Director for Energy and Climate (2016 – 2017), where he helped to craft and implement the United States Climate Action Plan. His domestic priorities spanned the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, the 2015 budget deal to achieve long-term extensions to renewable energy tax credits, the Department of Energy’s appliance standards program, regulations on non-CO2 gases, and measures to bolster terrestrial carbon sinks and cut agricultural emissions. Dr. Duke also worked to secure the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the Kigali Amendment under the Montreal Protocol to reduce up to -0.5C of warming by controlling hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) climate super-pollutants. He currently consults through Gigaton Strategies LLC (Washington, D.C.) advising philanthropies and international advocacy groups on low-carbon strategies, and serves as a non-resident Brookings Institution Senior Fellow.
Dr. Duke’s talk will present a case for rapid action on climate and the crucial role of the US in propelling progress in cutting emissions. He will summarize domestic and diplomatic progress under the Obama Administration, reversals under the current administration, and hopeful prospects for a rapid return to US leadership. Drawing from his extensive experience, including a February 2019 Congressional testimony, Dr. Duke will offer a compelling case for immediate action, including: that reductions in the cost of climate solutions mean that that it has never been cheaper or easier to cut emissions quickly; we know exactly what we need to do; and finally there is a growing political momentum for action. This event is free and open to all at IWU and the public. Co-sponsored by the IWU Environmental Studies Program, the Political Science Department, and JWP Audubon.