Last week, the Obama administration negotiated the first global accord that commits 195 countries to diverge from their “business-as-usual” emissions of greenhouse gases. But when the U.S. climate negotiators return from Paris, the partisan bickering is going to intensify, said Marilyn Brown, the Brook Byers Professor of Sustainable Systems in the School of Public Policy.
The U.S. fleet of fossil fuel-fired power plants is our nation’s single largest source of climate-destabilizing pollution and one of the largest sources in the world. That means our politicians are going to fight or support the Administration’s first climate policy aimed at decarbonizing U.S. power plants – the Clean Power Plan. Critics are going to argue that the U.S. cannot afford to take such actions.