Tag: Policy

Did Hillary Clinton Set the Stage for Climate Progress?

Written by | February 24th, 2009

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This past week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with China’s Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi along with President Hu Jintao and others. As these meetings were part of her first overseas trip as secretary, their significance is huge in so many ways — but in particular because climate change was prominently on the agenda. Granted […]

Economic Stimulus Through Healthy Forests

Written by | February 5th, 2009

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Some years ago, when I was involved in starting up The Nature Conservancy’s Fire Initiative, I visited the site of the Hayman Fire in the Front Range of the Colorado Rockies. In early June, 2002, this fire exploded across 138,000 acres of pine and fir in the mountains southwest of Denver.  It was virtually uncontrollable […]

Climate Legislation: A Blueprint for Success

Written by | January 15th, 2009

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Earlier today the US Climate Action Partnership (USCAP), a highly unusual coalition of the CEOs of more than 30 major U.S. companies and national environmental organizations companies, released its Blueprint for Legislative Action calling for comprehensive carbon cap and trade legislation. USCAP’s plan would dramatically reduce the U.S. share of the carbon emissions that are […]

Conservation, Policy and (Deliberate) Blogging

Written by | January 14th, 2009

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In my role as director of U.S. Government Relations for The Nature Conservancy, I have been asked to blog on my perspective on national conservation policy issues. And so, with some anxiety, this is my first installment. I understand that the Internet and new media have become an important part of discussions about U.S. public […]

Will Countries Take Aim?

Written by | December 21st, 2008

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I read a BBC article today about global environmental treaties — you know, like the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) –  and whether the targets they set mean anything to governments. Such treaties do seem like a whole lot of work to get countries to finally […]

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