Our political, policy and diplomatic expertise shapes climate and energy solutions
To inform public debate on these issues, Climate Advisers analyzed whether carbon border measures would comply with World Trade Organization obligations.
America must address climate change to be competitive on the world stage – and we can do it in a way that addresses both policy and political concerns.
Climate Advisers created the first legal analysis answering the riddle of how to negotiate a strong international climate agreement that did not necessitate a supermajority in the Senate. The answer is for the United States to negotiate climate change executive agreements.
Both U.S. and international negotiators are keeping this advice firmly in mind as they elaborate the content of new climate agreements in order to secure the widest possible participation, including from the United States.
When President Obama took office, there was a real risk that U.S. efforts to negotiate on climate abroad would be undermined by domestic partisan – and intra-party – disagreements. There was a precedent: in 1997, President Clinton endorsed the Kyoto Protocol despite the Senate’s warnings not to do so. A resulting Sense of the Senate resolution was seen as a setback to U.S. climate leadership.
Recently, Climate Advisers has partnered with the governments of the United States, Japan, Norway and Denmark, as well as the World Bank, the World Economic Forum and the UN Secretary-General to elevate new policy ideas and promote international climate cooperation.
We have strategic relationships with many of the world’s leading climate think tanks, including The Brookings Institution, Center for American Progress, Center for Global Development and Resources for the Future – and we frequently organize joint events and publish cobranded reports. And we have prepared original political and policy analysis for the world’s most recognized environment and development advocates, including World Wildlife Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council, Oxfam and Union of Concerned Scientists.