Alden Meyer

Director of strategy & policy

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Alden Meyer has more than 30 years of experience on energy and climate policy. He is internationally recognized expert on U.S. and international climate policy. He also works extensively on renewable energy and electricity policy at the federal and state level. See Alden's full bio.

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As the IPCC report will make clear, when it comes to climate change, we are all in the same boat. Photo taken by the author at COP23 in Bonn, Germany last November

Will the IPCC 1.5 Degrees Special Report Help Drive Greater Climate Ambition?

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will soon release its special report on the impacts of both a 1.5 and 2 degrees Celsius increase in global average temperatures above pre-industrial levels, and on the actions that would be needed to avoid exceeding those temperature limitation goals. The special report will make these dangers abundantly clear; there are substantial differences between temperature increases of 1.5 and 2⁰C when it comes to extreme precipitation and extreme heat. The report will also inform the actions of states, provinces, cities, businesses, and other subnational actors as they develop or strengthen their own emissions limitation commitments.  More on that below. Read more >

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Photo: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Donald Trump’s State of the Union: Actions Speak Louder Than Words

In his State of the Union address to Congress, President Trump exaggerated the benefits of the Republican tax cut bill to average Americans, overlooked the harm that will result from his push to weaken public health and worker safety protections, and disregarded the serious concerns expressed about key elements of his forthcoming infrastructure proposal. Read more >

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The Fijian COP23 presidency placed this sea-faring canoe outside of the main plenary hall in Bonn, symbolizing that when it comes to climate change, we are all in the same boat. Photo: By the author.

Climate Summit Makes Progress Despite Trump, But Much More Urgency Is Needed

As the 23rd meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP23) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change—or the annual UN climate talks—opened in Bonn, Germany on November 6, the urgency for much greater action on climate change could not have been more clear. A recap of key issues to follow. Read more >

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The Senate Tax Bill: Just Say No

By the end of this week, the Senate is expected to vote on the tax cut bill. At least six Republican Senators are reported to have serious concerns about the bill, either because they fear it would add too much to the deficit or because it favors large corporations more than small business owners. If three or more of those Senators end up opposing the bill (and no Democrats break ranks and support it), the bill will die.  For the reasons outlined below, it should. Read more >

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What’s Tax “Reform” Got to Do with Science and Public Well-being?

What’s been largely overlooked are the negative impacts of this tax plan on the public science enterprise and the well-being of all Americans. Read more >

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