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Sustain What? Can Climate Action Overcome Energy Friction?

August 26, 2022
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Tens of billions of dollars in federal incentives and investments are poised to flow to clean-energy projects through last year’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the climate elements of the Inflation Reduction Act.

But action could stall given longstanding local opposition – both liberal and libertarian – to big-scale energy projects, whether fossil, renewable or nuclear.

And GOP and progressive lawmakers have said they plan to fight legislation aimed at streamlining permitting, which Democratic leadership and West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin committed to pursue in the deal that resulted in the $369-billion climate package.

Explore paths through this tangle with Andy Revkin of the Columbia Climate School in a live webcast with:

- U.S. Representative Sean Casten, an Illinois Democrat long focused on the clean energy transition

- Romany Webb, an expert on energy and resource issues at Columbia Law School's Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

- Claudine Pied, a University of Wisconsin, Platteville, social scientist studying rural reactions to big federal energy projects

- Jael Holzman, who covers the mining side of climate and energy issues for E&E News / Politico.

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