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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 / 11.29.2018

Three stunningly dire climate change reports have emerged in the last month, including the UN “Emissions Gap” report released this week and the U.S. National Climate Assessment released last Friday. Together, they ring an alarm bell of historic proportions, and must serve as an unprecedented wake-up call to the U.S. and global leaders meeting in […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 11.13.2018

By all accounts, House Democrats return to Washington this week to begin planning their priorities for 2019 in an aggressive frame of mind. But on climate change and energy issues, rather than simply responding to Trump’s latest provocation (like those regarding California wildfires), they must step back and take a strategic approach. This means Democrats […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 11.2.2018

In the last two years the U.S. has suffered from record hurricanes, rainfall, floods, wildfires and other disasters made worse by rising temperatures and sea levels. These extreme events, exacerbated by climate change, have cost thousands of American lives and hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars. Now, as election day looms, the gross mishandling of […]

Op-eds and Articles

By and / 7.18.2018

Amid the daily drama of President Trump’s tweets and scandals, it can be hard to focus on the most important issues for our future. An unfortunate consequence of this purposeful turmoil is that few serious solutions are being offered for addressing two of the greatest threats facing the United States: runaway climate change and unsustainable […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 6.11.2018

Earlier this month, President Trump ordered Energy Secretary Rick Perry to intervene in electricity markets to prop up failing coal power plants, falsely claiming the effort was needed to protect electricity grid reliability for national security reasons. In truth, the action amounts only to a war on the working- and middle-class energy consumers Trump claims […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 5.21.2018

Despite repeated and flagrant abuses of taxpayer trust and sweetheart deals from energy lobbyists, any of which would have doomed previous cabinet members, embattled Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt appears to still have the support of President Trump, even though White House aides are urging he be fired. The president’s theory seems to […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 5.15.2018

President Trump met with auto industry executives at the White House on Friday, arguing for his planned rollback of fuel efficiency and emissions standards, and telling them he wanted them to build “millions more cars” in the United States. Let’s assume they would. If they did, any cars they made would also be dirtier and […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 4.21.2018

Democrats don’t have enough power to shape climate change policy. They can win the midterm elections if they embrace the shale oil and gas boom and their role in it. Millions of Americans are rightly urging immediate, serious action to address climate change on this Earth Day weekend. Democratic candidates should carry a winning version […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 2.20.2018

Responses to President Trump’s imposition of tariffs on Chinese solar panels fall into two general camps. One holds that Chinese solar manufacturing subsidies are so egregious as to require U.S. tariffs to deter additional subsidies by Beijing. Others believe the action is really just free-trade political posturing by Trump, and in practice, amounts only to a […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 1.3.2018

When Congress passed a massive tax giveaway to the richest that will add at least $1 trillion to America’s debt late last year, GOP lawmakers were remarkably candid about the next step: cutting the safety net for hundreds of millions of Americans by going after Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits. As Sen. Marco Rubio […]