President Obama & Climate Change


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Statement of Eileen Claussen
President, Pew Center on Global Climate Change
on appointment of Todd Stern, Special Envoy on Climate Change

January 26, 2009

Secretary Clinton’s appointment of America’s first special envoy on climate change is another clear and early signal that the Obama administration is determined to address this issue head on.  This new position can help ensure strong and focused engagement at the highest levels as the United States works with other countries to forge a new international climate agreement.  As special envoy, Todd Stern brings the expertise, insight and judgment needed to represent renewed U.S. leadership in the global effort against climate change.  


Statement of Eileen Claussen
President, Pew Center on Global Climate Change
on President-Elect Obama's New Energy and Environment Appointments

December 11, 2008

This is a team with a keen interest in addressing climate change, and the talent and skills to get the job done.  With Steven Chu, Carol Browner, Lisa Jackson and Nancy Sutley at the helm, President-Elect Obama's Administration will be well-equipped to tackle the challenge of building a new clean energy future that preserves the climate while revitalizing our economy.   We look forward to working with the new Administration to achieve these goals.


On the occasion of President-Elect Barack Obama's Statement to Bi-Partisan Governors' Global Climate Summit


November 18, 2008

This is exactly the kind of leadership the country and the world have been waiting for. President-elect Obama's statement makes clear that he's ready to roll up his sleeves and deliver the action that is needed to protect our climate, our economy, and our national security. He is setting the right goals and choosing the right policies. We urge the bipartisan leadership in Congress to work closely with the new president to quickly enact an economy-wide cap-and-trade system.  Doing so will ensure significant reductions in U.S. emissions at the lowest possible cost, and help set the stage for a new international agreement ensuring that all other major economies contribute their fair share as well.


On the occasion of Senator Barack Obama's election to the presidency, we released the following statement of Eileen Claussen, President, Pew Center on Global Climate Change

November 5, 2008

President-elect Obama faces an array of urgent challenges when he assumes the Presidency on January 20, but I am confident that he will provide the leadership needed to enact a comprehensive climate policy that significantly reduces U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.  I am equally optimistic that new leadership will provide the impetus we need to forge a strong green energy economy and restore America's standing in the world community, and I look forward with great anticipation to working with the Obama administration to achieve these critical goals.


Further Resources on Next Steps for the New Administration:

  • Obama's Remarks: Watch President-elect Obama's remarks to the Governors' Global Climate Summit.
  • Pew Perspective: The Obama administration should seek a greenhouse gas cap-and-trade law, we argue.
  • Climate Policy & U.S. Election: In an article for the Heinrich Boll Foundation's Transatlantic Climate Policy Group, Elliot Diringer discusses prospects for an international climate agreement under a new U.S. president.
  • Congressional Action: Pew's Nikki Roy offers a possible timeline for legislation in the 111th Congress on E&ETV's On Point.
  • Congressional Policy Briefs: This new series of briefs walk policymakers through important design choices for a federal cap-and-trade system and the strengths and weaknesses of various complimentary policy approaches.
  • The Candidates and Climate Change: A Guide to Key Policy Positions: In this presidential voter guide, Pew outlines key policy positions of President-elect Obama and Senator McCain.
  • Cap and Trade 101: This brief report explains how a cap-and-trade program sets a clear limit on GHG emissions and minimizes the cost of achieving this target.