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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 / 6.18.2019

As Congress begins to turn toward tax policies to help clean energy manufacturing, electric vehicle tax credits aimed directly at more affordable vehicles are gaining speed, just as a previous Forbes column and a Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) white paper urged several months ago. The question now is will EV advocates in Congress, the U.S. […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 6.10.2019

As many climate activists had hoped, Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden came forward this week with an ambitious domestic climate change plan that proposes to cut U.S. emissions deeply while growing America’s clean energy sector. Yet, as important as the domestic elements of Biden’s plan and those of his rivals are, they are ultimately most valuable ecologically […]

Publications

By / 4.1.2019

On Donald Trump’s watch, America is losing what is probably the most important new manufacturing opportunity in the world–the global race to produce affordable electric vehicles that people want to drive. The United States currently accounts for just 20 percent of global electric vehicle production, far behind China. Jumpstarting U.S. production and purchase of Electric […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 2.19.2019

Donald Trump funds ’emergency’ border wall but relief for victims of wildfires, storms and other climate change-fueled catastrophes must wait. One emergency, the border wall, is fake, invented by a rogue president desperate for a political win no matter the price. Another, the climate crisis, is real, with tens of millions of citizen victims around […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 2.13.2019

Little noticed in the media circus surrounding the mere introduction of a non-binding Congressional resolution on the Green New Deal was the deletion of much-criticized and plainly unachievable mandates contained in previous GND versions. Gone was the impossible diktat requiring 100% renewable energy for the entire economy by 2030. Missing was the politically suicidal and […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 1.14.2019

Leading researchers today released a report finding that U.S. greenhouse gas emissions rose by more than 3.4% in 2018, the first annual increase since 2006 and the largest rise in 20 years. This news comes both as President Trump continues to rollback greenhouse gas reduction policies for power plants, vehicles and other sectors—and as domestic […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 1.2.2019

Three decades after a top climate scientist warned Congress of the dangers of global warming, greenhouse gas emissions keep rising and so do global temperatures. Thirty years ago, a NASA scientist, James Hansen, told lawmakers at a Senate hearing that “global warming is now large enough that we can ascribe with a high degree of […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 12.17.2018

The biggest takeaway from two weeks of climate negotiations in Poland is simple, if breathtaking: climate change is such a massive and existential issue that it can only be effectively dealt with by major nation heads of state, not just a collection of 195 environment ministers. Yes, the basic rules for accounting, monitoring and verification […]

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 […]