Statements of Support

Words of support from leaders in the business, science, environmental and academic communities

Vicki Arroyo, Executive Director, Georgetown Climate Center, Georgetown Law School
“The Pew Center has a remarkable record of unbiased, rigorous analysis and influence.  It brings intelligence, commitment, and gravitas to everything it does.  As a proud alumna and current collaborator, I look forward to continuing to work with Eileen and the exceptional staff of C2ES on energy and climate policy solutions for years to come.”

Frances Beinecke, President, Natural Resources Defense Council
“The Pew Center on Global Climate Change has been very important as corporate leaders have a responsibility to engage directly in the solutions to climate change.  I congratulate them on their transition as the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions and look forward to working with them as we move this issue forward.”

Kim Corley, VP Environmental Implementation, Shell Oil Company
“We are delighted to support the new Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, C2ES.  The world faces major energy and climate change challenges and we look forward to working with C2ES to advance positive solutions to these critical issues.”     

David Crane, President and CEO, NRG Energy
“Eileen Claussen and the Pew Center bring together three essential building blocks for addressing our energy and climate change challenges: cutting-edge expertise in science and policy; unparalleled credibility in Congress and agencies; and a unique sensitivity to what U.S. industry needs to be able to succeed in a carbon-constrained future. Now Eileen is using this foundation to build an even stronger organization, with the mission to help find and create real solutions to our energy and environmental challenges. Clearly, the time is right for such an effort, as America’s businesses and consumers increasingly demand clean energy and sustainable products, and increasingly look to the private sector to deliver them. I look forward to a continued partnership with Eileen, her team and her other business partners as we at NRG continue to build and deliver sustainable energy solutions for our customers, our nation and our world.”

Ambassador Patricia Espinosa, Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Mexico
“I look forward to the new Center for Climate and Energy Solutions. We at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico are grateful to the Pew Center on Global Climate Change for partnering with us in convening the first Forum on the Communication of Climate Change in 2010, just before the COP16 Cancún Conferences began. As circumstances change, it is only right that the Pew Center may evolve and transform itself into a refreshed driving force in the collective fight against climate change. We welcome their pledge to continue working in favor of greater public understanding and awareness of the environmental challenges facing the world today. For their serious commitment and dedication, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions deserves all of our support.”

Charles D. Ferguson, President, Federation of American Scientists
“Meeting the world’s global energy needs without putting our environment and our communities at grave risk is one of the profound challenges of our time. As the discussion continues about how best to deal with this challenge, I am delighted to know that the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions will remain in the thick of it, providing credible information and analysis and bringing diverse interests together to shape solutions.”

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
“As a true thought leader, and as a trusted convenor, the Pew Center has played an extraordinarily constructive role in advancing international understanding of the issues confronting us as we work to strengthen the global climate effort.  I am pleased to know that C2ES will carry on the Center’s important work and look forward to its continued contribution toward meeting one of the paramount challenges of our time.”

Susan E. Fox, Executive Director, Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S.
“The Pew Center on Global Climate Change served as a pivotal leader in developing solutions to climate change. ARCUS works very closely with Dr. Jay Gulledge, the Center’s Senior Scientist and Director for Science and Impacts, in addressing issues essential to understanding and responding to the complex and interconnected drivers of environmental change. We congratulate the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions on a successful transition and for continuing those essential efforts that provide innovative, constructive leadership in a time of great environmental crisis.”

Jason Grumet, President, Bipartisan Policy Center
“I applaud the launch of the new Center for Energy and Climate Solutions. The Pew Center’s prior work on these issues has been of high caliber and they have demonstrated skill in forming productive collaborations.  We look forward to opportunities to work together.”

Jeff Immelt, CEO and Chairman, GE
“I welcome the formation of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, and look forward to working with Eileen Claussen and the other companies participating in this important effort.  America needs a strong national energy policy that promotes diverse and reliable energy supplies, ensures affordable energy for American businesses and families, reduces greenhouse gases, and protects our national security. Eileen is a critical thought leader on energy and climate issues; under her leadership, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions will bring credible information and analysis to one of the most important policy issues of our time.”

Lewis Hay III, Chairman and CEO, NextEra Energy
“The Pew Center on Global Climate Change has been a leader and an independent voice in promoting better understanding of clean-energy solutions and what they offer to our nation and the world. I know that the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions will continue this great tradition as a credible source of impartial information, top-flight analysis, and straight talk.”

Stephen Heintz, President, Rockefeller Brothers Fund
“We congratulate C2ES on its launch and look forward to a continued partnership with this great organization on climate and energy issues. Based on our experience working on plug-in electric vehicles with the Pew Center, we are confident that C2ES will continue its thoughtful and balanced approach to catalyze action.”

Eric Heitz, President, The Energy Foundation
“The Energy Foundation is pleased to have supported the Pew Center’s valuable work over the years. Today we’re proud to join leading companies in support of the new Center for Climate and Energy Solutions. We need smart, balanced climate and energy solutions and under Eileen Claussen’s leadership, C2ES can play an important role.”

John Horsley, Executive Director, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
“AASHTO has worked with the Pew Center on Global Climate Change on a number of initiatives and I have been impressed by their work. The Pew Center has been a strong partner with AASHTO on issues such as GHG emissions from U.S. transportation and the future of plug-in electric vehicles. Those of us in transportation appreciate the Pew Center’s non-partisan, fact-based approach to research. I personally congratulate the Center on its future endeavors as the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions.”

Engelina Jaspers, Vice President, HP Environmental Sustainability
“We congratulate Eileen and her team at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions. We value their strategic and pragmatic approach to climate change and energy efficiency, and share their belief that businesses are the engines of innovation.”

Klaus Kleinfeld, Chairman and CEO, Alcoa
“Alcoa has been a proud partner of the Pew Center since inception and looks forward to continuing the relationship with the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions. Eileen Claussen and her team have been instrumental in bringing together governments and businesses to find innovative and practical solutions to the world’s future energy needs. As Alcoa continues to integrate sustainability into our businesses, we will look to C2ES to promote collaboration and find global solutions to this important issue.”

Fred Krupp, President, Environmental Defense Fund
“Eileen Claussen and the Pew Center recognized early on the importance of sustained engagement with the business community on the climate change issue. I look forward to Eileen's ongoing leadership and to the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions becoming an essential voice for practical policies and substantive action that address these challenges in the years to come.”

Anthony Leiserowitz, Director, Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, Yale University
“The Pew Center has long played a leading role as a convener, analyst, and catalyst of climate and energy solutions. As the new Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, their policy insights and innovations are needed now more than ever.”

Wayne Leonard, Chairman and CEO, Entergy Corporation
“Addressing climate change is more of a risk management imperative than it is a scientific one at this stage.  Directionally, the science provided sufficient basis to act long ago.  But we didn’t. As the electric utility company that serves customers along the disappearing Louisiana coastline, Entergy knows firsthand the risks and ultimate consequences of climate change for coastal communities and the Gulf Coast’s energy infrastructure.  We also know that it is not too late to reduce the risks of climate change.  We congratulate the Pew Center for offering an essential, highly credible voice on these issues over many years, and we look forward to working closely with the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions to build support for practical, effective solutions.”

Franz T. Litz, Executive Director, Pace Energy and Climate Center
“The Pew Center has been a tremendous contributor to state and regional climate action in the United States. We look forward to continuing to partner with C2ES.”  

Andrew N. Liveris, Chairman & CEO, The Dow Chemical Company
“Solutions to our energy and climate challenges require strong, objective information to assist businesses, citizens and policymakers in making decisions that lead us to a sustainable energy future. C2ES will continue to provide these tools. The Center’s name may have evolved, but the quality of support remains steadfast.”

Dr. Mario Molina, Professor, University of California, San Diego
“For over a decade, the Pew Center on Global Climate Change has been a leader in delivering first-rate, independent analysis of science, technology and policy issues associated with climate change. Under the continuing leadership of Eileen Claussen, I am certain that the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions will establish itself as a positive force for enlightenment, innovation and policy action.”

Dr. John Nagl, President, Center for a New American Security
“I am convinced that energy security and climate change will be among the most urgent national security challenges facing the nation this century. The Pew Center on Global Climate Change has been at the forefront of cutting edge research to help U.S. policymakers grapple with these trends. Experts like Dr. Jay Gulledge have been instrumental in bridging the gap between climate science and national security policy. Because of their work, America is better positioned to grapple with its climate and energy challenges, and I look forward to their continued positive influence at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions.”

Rolf Nordstrom, Executive Director, Great Plains Institute
“There are few national organizations that understand the economic and political nuances of the Midwest well enough to be effective change agents here. We have been both grateful and privileged to find such a national partner in the Pew Center, and are equally enthusiastic to continue working with them in their new incarnation to find practical energy solutions that work for the heartland and the nation.”

Rebecca Rimel, President and CEO, The Pew Charitable Trusts
“As a highly respected, nonpartisan voice for climate change solutions, the Center has played a pivotal role in this debate since 1998. All of us at Pew could not be prouder of their work to bring together leaders from the business, governmental and scientific communities to address this complex issue. While we applaud their important accomplishments to date, we are excited to see the Center transition to this new chapter and wish them continued success.”

Jim Rogers, Chairman, President, and CEO, Duke Energy
“The only way to address the energy and climate challenges facing our country and the world is to hold these challenges up to the light, engage in honest dialogue, and explore solutions that work. As a longtime supporter and partner with the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, I am confident that the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions can and will be a positive force for real and lasting change.”

Adam Schafer, Executive Director, National Caucus of Environmental Legislators
“The Pew Center has always been a go-to source for NCEL and policy makers across the country.  We look forward to continuing our relationship with the new C2ES and the much needed research they provide.”

Larry Schweiger, President and CEO, National Wildlife Federation
“The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions will be an important non-partisan force for sensible solutions to climate change.  Their work with business leaders will be critical in solving the climate crisis.”

Doug Scott, Chairman, Illinois Commerce Commission
“The Pew Center has been instrumental in assisting states and others in developing solutions to complicated environmental issues. Their staff has always been extremely professional, knowledgeable, and helpful in fostering a deeper understanding of the issues. I look forward to working with them after their transition, and I am certain we will continue to see the same high quality results from them.”

Rich Sedano, Director, Regulatory Assistance Project
“In our work with the Pew Center over the years, we have found them to be willing to take on significant policy issues with insight, thoroughness and honesty.  We found this, for example, in our collaborations concerning the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, in our work on “State Options for Low-Carbon Coal Policy,” a study that looked at state-level interest in accelerating the development of low-carbon coal technologies, and more recently, in exploring with them various policy implications of clean energy standards.  We look forward to our continued work on energy and environmental policy with C2ES.”

Jeff Sterba, President and CEO, American Water
“One of the most important contributions of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change has been its ability to bring diverse stakeholders together in ways that promote constructive dialogue and problem-solving.  Knowing that Eileen Claussen and her excellent staff will continue their work with a renewed focus on climate, energy solutions, and its impact on our water sources makes me confident that we can find common ground on these issues in the years ahead.”

Joseph E. Stiglitz, University Professor, Columbia University
“Eileen Claussen and her Center have long been counted on as a reliable source of independent and rigorous analysis. They understand how to harness the power of markets with well-crafted policies and regulations for the economy and the environment.  Advancing practical paths forward on climate and energy is essential, and based on their track record, I expect the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions to do exactly that.”

Mark Tercek, President and CEO, The Nature Conservancy
“For thirteen years, the Pew Center on Global Climate Change has played an important role in educating policymakers about solutions to climate change.  I am glad to see that they will continue in this role, with a broadened focus on energy issues and engaging a broader slice of the public.  The challenges associated with climate change will affect all of us, no matter whether we live in urban or rural areas or whether we are Republicans or Democrats.  We need credible voices, like the new Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, to help explain those challenges and navigate a path forward toward real solutions.”

Fran Ulmer, Chair, U.S. Arctic Research Commission
“The Pew Center on Global Climate Change has long been a source of credible information about how climate change is affecting ecosystems and communities, including the significant changes we are witnessing in the Arctic. I congratulate the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) as it launches and continues working pragmatically with many partners to confront climate-related challenges.”

Timothy E. Wirth, President, United Nations Foundation
“Eileen has created a center of constructive engagement on climate change – an organization that knows how governments work but that listens carefully to the private sector, speaking out with balance and reason, as she herself does.  Whatever name it has, it will continue to bear her imprint as it promotes common sense and common ground on this most important issue of our time.”


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