People / Staff

Paul Bledsoe

Paul Bledsoe joins PPI as our Strategic Adviser. Paul Bledsoe is President of Bledsoe & Associates, LLC, a strategic public policy firm specializing in tax policy, energy, natural resources and climate change, among other issues. Paul is also senior strategist for the American Energy Innovation Council, a group of 10 CEOs including Bill Gates. Paul served as Director of Communications of the White House Climate Change Task Force under President Clinton from 1998-2000, and from 1995 to 1998 was Special Assistant to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt. He was Communications Director of the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance under the chairmanship of Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan from 1993 to 1995.   Paul was senior advisor to the Bipartisan Policy Center, a leading centrist think tank, co-founded by former Senate Majority Leaders Bob Dole, Tom Daschle, Howard Baker and George Mitchell, from 2007-2012. From 2002 to 2010, he was Director of Strategy for the National Commission on Energy Policy.

Paul was Senior Policy Advisor on the staff of the Presidential National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Off-Shore Drilling, and was Senior Fellow on Energy and Climate at the German Marshall Fund from 2013-2015. He was an Adjunct Teaching Fellow at Oxford University’s School of Geography and the Environment from 2003-2005. In 2016, he was one of two main speakers at an Oxford Union formal debate in favor of a strong, necessary role for developing countries in climate protection, a position which carried the day by nearly a two to one margin.
Paul has been a leading figure in shaping two of the world’s major climate change agreements. After the disappointing outcomes in the Kyoto Protocol and Copenhagen Accord, Paul began writing about and advocating a bottom-up, nationally determined, non-legally binding, ‘pledge and review’ approach to the UN climate agreement process, which led to the successful Paris Agreement in 2015.

Paul has also been a major voice for nearly a decade regarding the centrality of a phase out of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) through the Montreal Protocol, which led to the ground-breaking Kigali Amendment in 2016.

Paul has written for or been featured in leading print outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, Science Magazine, Rolling Stone, The Times of London, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, Reuters, Associated Press, Bloomberg, National Journal, Prospect Magazine, Nature, Science, US News and World Report, BusinessWeek, Politico, The Hill, Roll Call, and the Financial Times and on many television and radio programs, including the CNN, BBC World Service Television and Radio, CBS, MSNBC, PBS, FOX, SKY and NPR. Paul received a B.A. with honors and a M.A. in English from Ohio State University.

Writings

Op-eds and Articles

By / 11.28.2017

House Republicans have passed a grotesque tax giveaway to the richest 1 percent that will only exacerbate America’s biggest economic and political problem: the massive income inequality that inhibits broad-based growth and is leaving more and more Americans out of the middle class. What’s more, the Republican tax bills squander essentially all the money needed for investments […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 11.6.2017

As ministers from 195 countries travel to Bonn, Germany for annual climate negotiations to begin Nov. 6, momentous decisions await. Convincing major-emitting nations to increase the pace of emissions reductions, gaining hundreds of billions in new private and public investment in clean energy, protecting vulnerable populations and finalizing key rules of the Paris Agreement will all […]

Op-eds and Articles

By and / 9.28.2017

Goaded by President Trump, Republican leaders outlined a tax-reform plan this week that is marginally less generous to the wealthy than many conservatives would like. As the GOP struggles to cobble together an actual bill that can unite their fractious party, it’s tempting for Democrats to sit back and enjoy the show. When your opponents […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 9.14.2017

Even as Congress passed $15 billion in initial funding for Hurricane Harvey relief, Americans were glued to their TVs watching Hurricane Irma, the strongest-ever Atlantic storm, bear down on Florida, where millions are still without power and other services. Sadly, Congress, and the rest of us, had better get used to it. Harvey and Irma […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 9.6.2017

Clean-energy policies championed by Democrats over the last decade have helped create millions of high-paying energy jobs for American workers. And innovative Democratic policies going forward can help spur millions more good jobs — in energy efficiency, natural gas, nuclear energy, carbon capture, wind, solar, electric vehicles and infrastructure — in coming years. This record […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 8.10.2017

Infamously, Donald Trump has called climate change a hoax, but the rest of the world knows better. In fact, the main reason European and Asian nations are interested in importing U.S. natural gas is to displace coal and cut greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. If the Trump administration truly cares about expanding U.S. gas exports, as they […]

Op-eds and Articles

By and / 6.2.2017

Donald Trump made political hay in Appalachian and industrial states by running as an ardent booster of coal. Yet what’s really powered America’s remarkable energy boom over the last decade is shale oil and natural gas, renewable solar and wind, clean-tech and energy efficiency. Energy innovation, in short, is the key to creating more good […]

PPI In the News

By / 6.1.2017

…The risks posed by a changing climate require action. Last year was the hottest since records began, and 16 of the 17 warmest years have occurred since 2001. Sea level is rising and the polar regions are melting. Extreme storms, droughts and winds already threaten the safety and livelihood of millions. Despite all this, America […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 5.23.2017

Washington can hardly keep up with the unprecedented pace at which Donald Trump’s presidency is cascading out of control. Ironically, the appointment last week of Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election may slow White House hemorrhaging, taking pressure off GOP congressional leaders and their weak investigations and […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 4.6.2017

Last week, President Donald Trump declared that he would bring back coal jobs, directing the EPA to roll back the Clean Power Plan and other regulations on coal producers. It’s an audacious promise given the recent trajectory of the industry, and most energy experts dismissed it as impossible. But there is one way for Trump […]