Elliot Diringer

Executive Vice President, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

Elliot Diringer is Executive Vice President of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES). He manages day-to-day operations of C2ES and helps direct its research, policy, outreach and communications efforts. He previously served as Vice President for International Strategies at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, C2ES’s predecessor organization, and continues to direct international programs at C2ES.

Mr. Diringer has been deeply engaged in environmental issues and policy for nearly 30 years. From 1983 to 1997, he was a reporter and editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, where he authored several award-winning environmental series and covered the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. From 1997 to 2000, he served as Director of Communications and Senior Policy Advisor at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, where he helped develop major policy initiatives, led White House press and communications strategy on the environment, and was a member of U.S. delegations to international climate change negotiations. He was later Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy White House Press Secretary, serving as a principal spokesman for President Clinton.

Mr. Diringer holds a degree in environmental studies from Haverford College and was a Nieman fellow at Harvard University, where he studied environmental law and policy.

 

 

 

Posts by Elliot Diringer

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The US in Bonn: Beyond Political Theater
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Let Trump claim a better deal on climate

It was perhaps inevitable that Donald Trump would stand on the White House lawn to proclaim that the United States was quitting the Paris Agreement, our best hope ever for tackling climate change. It’s also plausible that the United States …

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Can the Paris deal be renegotiated?
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Paris Agreement: Better with the U.S. in
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An American in Marrakech
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Decision-makers heed the Paris call to action

The following appeared in the September 2016 edition of Climate 2020, A UNA-UK publication providing analysis and recommendations on fulfilling the Paris Agreement on climate change   Even before the landmark Paris Agreement has formally become international law, it’s clear …

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The enduring power of US-China climate leadership
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Elliot Diringer’s remarks at the APPEA Conference
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Moving forward with the Paris Agreement
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How we helped on the road to Paris
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Takeaways from the Paris climate talks
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Paris ‘landing zones’ become clearer
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Paris talks: From the visionary to the nitty-gritty
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Measuring success in Paris
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Will the Paris agreement be a legally binding treaty?
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Putting the UNFCCC to the test
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Remarks by Elliot Diringer on Why Paris Matters at American University on October 5, 2015
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The Paris talks: Looking behind the scenes
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US climate target encourages others to put best foot forward
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The core issues in the Paris climate talks
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Why Lima was so tough
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Outlook for Lima: Setting the stage for Paris
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Alternative Models for the 2015 Climate Change Agreement

Fridtjof Nansen Institute Climate Policy Perspectives 13 October 2014 A primary goal of the Durban Platform negotiations should be to develop an agreement that will maximize reductions in greenhouse gas emissions over time. Achieving this objective will be a function …

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How Climate Summit can build momentum for a global agreement
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Building Flexibility and Ambition into a 2015 Climate Agreement

This paper explores options for a hybrid approach in the 2015 agreement, focusing in particular on mitigation efforts, rather than the broader array of issues under consideration in the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform (ADP), such as …

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Evolution of the International Climate Effort

The international community is in the midst of shaping the next stage of the global climate effort—working both within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and through the broader “regime complex” that has grown alongside it. Within …

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Issues for a 2015 Climate Agreement

In 2011, parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) opened a new round of negotiations aimed at delivering a global climate agreement in late 2015 in Paris. The decision launching the Durban Platform talks spelled out some …

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The Warsaw outcome: A hint of what’s to come
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U.N. climate talks could yield practical hybrid approach
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Warsaw talks: A mid-point for 2015 agreement
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Climate change: A patchwork of emissions cuts

Read Elliot Diringer’s article in Nature on the potential path forward for international climate talks. Below is a brief summary. With the failure in recent years of international attempts to deliver a binding treaty on emissions reductions, individual countries are …

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Obama will need to act on his climate plan with a sense of urgency
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UN climate talks: Fresh start or stuck in the past?
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Reflections from Doha: It’s never easy
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Shifting gears in Doha
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Climate Negotiators Open a New Round
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Post-Durban and Pre-Election: The Climate Outlook
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Durban – How Big a Deal?
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The Question of Binding
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Letting Go of Kyoto

This commentary was originally published by Nature A preoccupation with binding commitments blocks progress in the global effort against climate change. It’s time to correct course, says Elliot Diringer. When governments gather for another round of United Nations (UN) climate …

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Congressional Testimony of Elliot Diringer on the Global Climate Talks and U.S. Action
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From Cancún to Durban: Changing the Paradigm?
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Why Cancun Delivered
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The Evolution of Multilateral Regimes: Implications for Climate Change

The 2009 Copenhagen climate summit may in retrospect prove a critical turning point in the evolution of the international climate change effort. For a decade and a half, the principal aim under the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) …

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Congressional Testimony of Elliot Diringer: Climate Change Finance and Providing Assistance for Vulnerable Countries
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Designing a Deal

This article originally appeared in Carbon Finance.   The aftermath of December’s Copenhagen talks shows that a new approach to international climate policy is needed to reach a post-2012 climate deal, says Elliot Diringer. The popular view around the world …

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One Less Excuse to Avoid Acting
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Congressional Testimony of Eileen Claussen – Climate Change Legislation: International Trade Considerations
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Congressional Testimony of Elliot Diringer – International Aspects of the American Clean Energy and Security Act
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Congressional Testimony of Elliot Diringer – Toward a Post-2012 Climate Treaty
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Op-Ed: The Road To Copenhagen

This article originally appeared in The Huffington Post.   Many thanks to the Huffington Post and Betsy Taylor for helping to advance an absolutely critical debate on the urgent need for a strong, effective international climate change agreement.  In that …

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U.S. Election and Prospects for a New Climate Agreement

This article was first published by the Heinrich Böll Stiftung Transatlantic Climate Policy Group. After years of stalemate in the international climate negotiations, the inauguration of a new U.S. president presents an opportunity for a genuine breakthrough.  Both John McCain …

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Towards a New International Climate Change Agreement

This article is draft version of a chapter in the forthcoming book, Development in the Balance: How Will the World’s Poor Cope with Climate Change?, to be published by the Brookings Institution Press.   A successful post-2012 climate agreement must …

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Congressional Testimony of Elliot Diringer – International Climate Change Negotiations
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Towards an Integrated Multi-Track Climate Framework

With the approach of 2012, and the expiration of the initial greenhouse gas targets under the KyotoProtocol, governments are grappling with how best to advance the international climate effort in the years beyond. The central challenge is as clear as …

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U.S. Exceptionalism and Climate Change (Part II)

This article originally appeared in The Globalist, July 2007.   American exceptionalism is becoming an increasingly potent force in U.S. environmental policymaking. As Eileen Claussen and Elliot Diringer argue, the United States must encourage and tap those elements of U.S. …

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U.S. Exceptionalism and Climate Change (Part I)

This article originally appeared in The Globalist, July 2007.   U.S. policymaking has long been influenced by a sense of exceptionalism, or divinely blessed uniqueness. As Eileen Claussen and Elliot Diringer argue, the United States is indeed exceptional when it …

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Congressional Testimony of Elliot Diringer – Regarding the Kyoto Protocol and U.S. Climate Action
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Policy-Based Commitments in a Post-2012 Climate Framework

This paper elaborates on the concept of policy-based commitments as one component of a post-2012 climate framework. As conceived here, the policy-based approach would be an avenue for developing countries in particular to put forward national policies of their choosing …

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A New Climate Treaty: US Leadership After Kyoto

This article originally appeared in Harvard International Review, July 2007.   For years, despite a steady accumulation of science showing the clear and present dangers of global climate change, efforts toward an effective international response have been at a virtual …

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Adaptation to Climate Change: International Policy Options

  This report examines options for future international efforts to help vulnerable countries adapt to the impacts of climate change both within and outside the climate framework. Options outlined in the report include stronger funding and action under the UN …

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Reaching Too Far?

This article appeared in The World Today, June 2006.

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Testimony of Elliot Diringer – Canadian House of Commons – May 31, 2005
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Taking The Long View

This article appeared in Environmental Finance, Dec/Jan 2004 Issue.

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Looking Beyond Kyoto: A U.S. Perspective
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Beyond Kyoto: Advancing the International Effort Against Climate Change

The report is a compilation of six “think pieces” on core issues in developing an effective international response to global climate change. Working drafts of the papers were the focus of workshops in China, Germany, and Mexico. More than 100 …

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Setting the Stage: Beyond Kyoto
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Beyond Kyoto: Core Challenges
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Climate Change: Ten Years After Rio
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Fundamentals of Climate Change
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Op-Ed: The Climate Challenge Begins at Home

Opinion Editorial The Climate Challenge Begins at Home The Washington Post   Now that the rest of the world has resolved to move ahead with the Kyoto global warming treaty, pressure is mounting on the Bush administration to get back …

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Op-Ed: Foes of Global Warming Could Thank George Bush

Opinion Editorial Foes of Global Warming Could Thank George Bush San Francisco Chronicle Suddenly, things are looking up in the fight against global warming. While the United States may want nothing to do with the Kyoto Protocol, the rest of …

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