This morning, the third Climate Desk Live briefing will consider a question on many minds: What can we reasonably expect to happen on climate change in the next four years, given the current political state of affairs?
I have a heads up on this Climate Desk live event which will be hosted by Chris Mooney and will include Rep. Ed Markey of Massachusetts. Markey is not only the top Democrat on the Natural Resources Committee; he's also author of the only climate legislation to pass a chamber of Congress—the Waxman-Markey bill. I met Rep. Markey when I presented my MIT Climate CoLab Paper to the Natural Resources Committee ranking member in January.
In addition to Markey, we'll have a panel of expert commentators weighing the president’s options—and what can be accomplished by the executive branch. They are:
Eric Pooley, author of The Climate War and Senior Vice President at the Environmental Defense Fund. For some of Pooley’s thoughts on Obama’s climate options, see here.
Vicki Arroyo, Director of the Georgetown Climate Center. For Arroyo’s popular TED Talk on adapting to climate change, see here.
Bill Becker, Director of the Presidential Climate Action Project, which has just released its 2012 Presidential Climate Action Project(pdf).
6:42 AM PT: First question...Who remembers winter?