In 2021, the U.S. set the target to reduce carbon emission by 2030 by 50-52% below 2005 levels. Transforming both energy use and production lies at the heart of this vision, which aims at securing U.S. leadership on clean energy technologies, reaching 100% carbon pollution-free electricity by 2035, supporting energy efficiency in buildings, and drastically reducing carbon pollution from transportation. The long-term climate strategy of the US also hedges its goals on advanced-fossil technology: reducing methane and other non-CO 2 emissions and scaling up CO 2 removal. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, the CHIPS+ Act, and the Inflation Reduction Act represent a milestone in the nation’s decade-long attempt to deliver tangible climate policy. 

The Center on Global Energy Policy and the Columbia Energy Association will host a conversation with Milo McBride from Eurasia Group and Tom Moerenhout from CGEP to analyze the next steps, the missing links, and the momentous task of implementing the IRA.

Biography

Milo McBride is an analyst with Eurasia Group's Energy, Climate & Resources team specializing in renewable energy technology and the geoeconomics of decarbonization pathways. He is also an adjunct professor at New York University's Tandon School of Engineering, where he teaches an advanced seminar on the role of policy in the energy transition. He previously worked at the International Institute of Sustainable Development as a research fellow for its Energy Policy Tracker and a consultant for governments on issues related to political economy and sustainability. Milo's interest in energy politics began at the subnational level, working on New York State's climate policy. He has published in Consilience: The Journal of Sustainable Development, Columbia Public Policy Review, GreenBiz, and regularly with Climate and Capital Media. He holds a master of public administration in environmental science and policy from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. 

Tom Moerenhout is a research scholar at SIPA’s Center on Global Energy Policy and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He is also a Senior Advisor at the World Bank, and a Senior Associate at the International Institute for Sustainable Development. He also teaches at NYU Stern School of Business and is a Scholar in Practice at Columbia University’s Committee on Global Thought. Tom’s main expertise lies in the role of trade, investment, and industrial policies relevant to the energy transition, the sustainability dimension of economic globalization, and the economic development of resource-rich countries. For over 12 years, Tom has been responsible for conducting strategic research and market intelligence for governments and development practitioners. 

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