In November last year, US President Trump officially moved to withdraw the United States, the world’s second largest emitter of greenhouse gasses, from the UN Paris Agreement on Climate Change. But that shift will only take effect on 4 November 2020, one day after the US presidential election. Every Democratic candidate running against Donald Trump has pledged to rejoin the Paris Agreement, and substantially increase US action on climate change. At the same time, voters in the Democratic primary are more concerned about climate issues than ever before, with some candidates making it the centrepiece of their campaigns. Moreover, large numbers of US cities, states and business have taken aggressive climate action independently of the federal government. How might this election reshape climate politics and policy in the United States? How might climate politics shape the election?
This panel discussions gathers experts in US and international climate policy and politics to discuss what we can expect on this critical issue in a critical election. It is being held as part of the Blavatnik School’s COP26 events series, convening public discussions on climate policy in advance of the UK’s hosting of the 26th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Glasgow in November 2020.
Professor Nate Hultman, University of Maryland
Ms Sue Biniaz, Senior Fellow for Climate Change, UN Foundation
Further speakers tbc
Moderator: Dr Thomas Hale