Today we talked about the Paris Climate Agreement and President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States. Our guests helped explain what exactly the Agreement aims to do, as well as what the consequences of Trump’s actions are, and what comes next.
We also discussed an important local effort in Austin, Texas to reduce carbon emissions through Austin Energy’s Generation Plan. A group of environmental organizations are pushing City Council to adopt a goal of 75 percent renewable energy by 2027 and a fossil-fuel-free utility by 2030.
Our guests were:
• Kaiba White – Energy Policy and Outreach Specialist at Public Citizen Texas, member of the Electric Utility Commission Resource Planning Working Group.
• Niyanta Spelman – founder and executive director of Rainforest Partnership, a nonprofit organization that protects and regenerates tropical rainforests by working with the people of the forests to develop sustainable livelihoods that empower and respect both people and nature.
• Robert Schuwerk – a Senior Counsel for Carbon Tracker Initiative, an independent think tank that produces research and regulatory analysis of the financial implications of the low-carbon energy transition. He is Senior Counsel for Carbon Tracker, where his work focuses heavily on who capital markets disclosure regimes (i.e., SEC requirements) need to evolve to make climate-related financial risks more transparent to investors.