Richard Kauffman, NYS Energy Czar at Rockefeller Institute

Richard Kauffman, NYS Energy Czar at Rockefeller Institute

New York State Chairman of Energy & Finance Richard Kauffman and Rockefeller Institute President Jim Malatras discussed how states can lead on climate change when the federal government abdicates its responsibility to do so on Tuesday, October 24 at the Rockefeller Institute.

Kauffman addressed New York’s approach to clean energy, balancing market solutions and regulation, the consequences of the U.S. withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord, the repeal of the Clean Power Plan, tension between New York and the federal government on coal, and where he sees the energy sector in 20 years, among other topics. Kauffman also took questions from a packed house of policymakers, environmental advocates, local leaders, and concerned citizens.

The annual United Nations climate talks opened this week in Bonn, and for the first time the United States did not set up a pavilion at the summit – the only developed country not to do so.

Saturday climate watch: COP23 in Bonn
The annual United Nations climate talks opened this week in Bonn, and for the first time the United States did not set up a pavilion at the summit – the only developed country not to do so.

The talks aim to hammer out the “rule book” for the 2015 Paris Agreement, an accord signed by 195 countries including the United States that President Trump has vowed to abandon.

U.S. absence has left a vacuum at the talks, and plenty are speculating who will fill it.

A group of U.S. governors, mayors, university and business leaders – the We are Still In coalition – has stepped forward to show how Americans are still taking climate action, even if Uncle Sam isn’t.

Led by California Gov. Jerry Brown and former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the group on Saturday released a report showing the breathe and influence of U.S. non-federal action on climate change.

You can catch the livestream here starting at 4p CEST/10a EST featuring authors who will describe the report’s findings.

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