President’s Authorities to Deal With Climate Change

PCAP commissioned two important studies on the President’s power to reshape national programs on climate change and energy security without further action by Congress. In the reports, the Center for Energy and Environmental Security at the University of Colorado Law School studied executive orders and federal laws going back to the 1930s and concluded that current law gives the Executive Branch substantial powers in these two vital areas of national policy.

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Climate Action Plans

Research on and physical measurements of climate change have been underway around the world since the late 19th century. Since 1988, global climate change has been the focus of the biggest scientific enterprise in history, conducted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).  Climate experts from 195 countries currently participate in the IPCC’s work, assessing the most up-to-date scientific, technical and socio-economic information relevant to global climate change.

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Crowd-Source Government’s Role in the Future We Want

We welcome your ideas on what local, state and federal governments should do to help the United States shift to clean and renewable energy and to fight global climate change. We are looking especially for ideas on government policies and programs that are consistent with both conservative and progressive values.  We will publish the best of your ideas on this website and include them in our communications with the nation’s policy makers. Click the learn more button for examples of the ideas we’d like to receive.

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What Do the American People Think?


Public Support for Climate Action By State

The Yale Project on Climate Change Communications does extensive research in the United States on the public’s perceptions of global warming. It has published an interactive map that estimates public support for climate action in each state. (Based on polling data from 2008 to 2014.)

Conservatives vs. Most Americans on Climate Action

Too often, the debate about climate change is portrayed as one between Democrats and Republicans. In fact, it’s not. It’s a debate between most Americans and conservative Republicans. The latest national survey from the Yale Project for Climate Change Communications finds that majorities of registered Democrats, Independents and liberal and moderate Republicans want climate action, will vote for candidates who will support it and represent the mainstream of American voters. The survey also finds that conservative Republicans’ views are often different than the rest of American voters. (October 2015)

Blogs and Articles

The Climate Deal: A Boon or Bust?

This article was originally published on Huffington Post, on December 16, 2015, by William S Becker.   It was inevitable that the chattering classes [...]

The World Has Spoken in Paris

This article was originally published on Huffington Post, on December 12, 2015, by William S Becker.   PARIS - The world made history at [...]

Hot? Think About the GDP

This article was originally published on Huffington Post, on December 19, 2015, by William S Becker.    There is a considerable amount of griping [...]

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President Theodore Roosevelt
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