Finding Common Ground: Climate Change

From left, Frank Sesno, Lynn Scarlett and Mike Boots discuss common ground regarding climate change and clean energy. (William A
From left, Frank Sesno, Lynn Scarlett and Mike Boots discuss common ground regarding climate change and clean energy. (William Atkins/GW Today)
Trachtenberg and SMPA event aims to discuss problems and solutions to issue.
February 18, 2016
In order to find common ground regarding climate change and clean energy, U.S. leaders may need to shift the conversation away from science and toward economic reality.
 
“My sense is that we are driving toward a clean-energy, low-carbon future,” said Lynn Scarlett, global manager for public policy at the Nature Conservancy and former deputy secretary of the Department of Interior under President George W. Bush. “You are seeing a narrative coming from the private sector that this is about economic opportunity.”
 
Speaking at an event hosted by the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration and the School of Media and Public Affairs, Dr. Scarlett and Aspen Institute Senior Fellow Mike Boots outlined areas of common ground on a polarized topic among U.S. political leaders.