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Inauguration to Earth Day: Implications of the Biden-Harris Administration’s Climate Policy in the First 100 Days

The Biden-Harris Administration has set out an ambitious national plan to address climate change, pledging to build a more equitable, resilient, carbon-free U.S. economy by 2050. On April 19, 2021, Dean Fritz Mayer moderated a discussion of specific climate policy actions by the Administration in its first 100 days, with implications from the local to the international level. Dean Mayer was joined by Vickie Patton, General Counsel for Environmental Defense Fund, and Dr. Tim Profeta, Director of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University. The event was hosted by the Environmental Sustainability Initiative and the Scrivner Institute of Public Policy. 

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Can Democracies Manage the Climate Crisis? 

On January 25 & 26, 2021, the Korbel School hosted the first annual Denver Democracy Summit, in partnership with the Alliance of Democracies Foundation. The summit featured a session that explored climate change as an existential threat to democratic governance and the role of science and evidence-based policy-making in confronting this threat. Though the scientific community has reached a consensus on the causes and consequences of a changing climate, large segments of the public the world over continue to contest both its causes and effects and remain largely indifferent to prioritizing climate action over other, more immediate, public policy concerns. This panel explored the prospects for collective action on climate change and how other issues—from declining trust in government to mistrust of expertise—complicate any potential action.

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The Economic Case For U.S. Leadership On Climate Change: Harnessing America’s Potential to Lead and Compete in a 21st Century Climate Economy

On October 15, 2020, Korbel School Dean Fritz Mayer moderated a conversation with Senator Michael Bennet and a panel of experts about the strategic case for U.S. climate leadership that situates the U.S. at the forefront of clean energy innovation, improved security and a path toward better economic prosperity.

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Climate Change: Can the U.S. and China Collaborate?

Given recent developments around collaboration on climate change between the U.S. and China, the Korbel School's Center for China-U.S. Cooperation and the U.S. Heartland China Association (USHCA) hosted a panel discussion with top experts from both countries to explore challenges and opportunities for collaboration. 

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