The Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) hosted Dr. Leah Stokes, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and Visiting Faculty at CGEP, for a fireside chat moderated by Dr. Scott Barrett, Vice Dean, School of International and Public Affairs and Lenfest-Earth Institute Professor of Natural Resource Economics, Columbia University and Dr. Geoffrey Heal, Donald C. Waite III Professor of Social Enterprise and Paul Garrett Professor of Public Policy and Corporate Responsibility, Columbia Business School.

Leah covered themes related to her book, Short Circuiting Policy, which explores how to clean up the US electricity system and examines the role that utilities have played in promoting climate denial and rolling back clean energy laws. She also addressed the federal agenda for climate action in 2021, and how the new Biden-Harris administration can move forward to cut carbon emissions while also battling the COVID-19 pandemic and addressing income inequality and racial injustice. Specifically, Leah discussed the current debate over a national framework committed to 100% clean power and ways to shape a clean-electricity standard that would qualify for inclusion in a Congressional budget reconciliation bill.

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