Identifying Opportunities for Progress on Energy and Climate Policy

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Despite an expected shift in energy and environmental priorities in the coming years, several key challenges present clear opportunities for bipartisan cooperation. Low oil prices have slowed improvements in vehicle efficiency, spurred record-high gasoline demand, and undermined core U.S. energy security and environmental goals. American cities and infrastructure are at risk from the challenges posed by a changing climate — and America’s most abundant and scalable baseload energy resources need to be cheaper and cleaner. In response, market-based reforms, infrastructure investments, and research and development are solutions that would allow us to both tackle climate and environmental ambitions and support economic growth.

On March 27, The Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution and the Energy Policy Institute at University of Chicago (EPIC) will co-host a forum to explore the best approaches to address these challenges.

The forum will begin with opening remarks by former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin. A fireside chat and three roundtable discussions will follow featuring panelists including: Ted Halstead (Climate Leadership Council), Mindy Lubber (CERES), James L. Connaughton (Nautilus Data Technologies), David Schwietert (Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers), Cass Sunstein (Harvard University), John Deutch (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Trevor Houser (Rhodium Group), Ellen D. Williams (University of Maryland), Steven H. Strongin (Goldman Sachs), Alice Hill (Hoover Institution), and Brad Plumer (Vox).

In conjunction with the event, the Hamilton Project and EPIC will release two new policy proposals: a proposal by Michael Greenstone (University of Chicago), Cass Sunstein (Harvard University) and Sam Ori (University of Chicago) recommending a market-based solution for fuel economy regulation; and a proposal by Matthew Kahn (University of Southern California) offering policies for enhancing urban resilience to new climate risk.



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