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Energy Policy in the New Congress

  • pin Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago - EPIC 5757 S University Ave Chicago, IL 60637 USA (map)

As the 116th Congress takes its seat, the dynamics around U.S. climate policy are potentially more interesting than at any time in nearly a decade. Incoming Democratic members have promised to propose a Green New Deal that they claim would support job growth and reduced carbon emissions. Meanwhile, House leadership is considering revisiting cap-and-trade legislation passed in 2009 that narrowly failed in the Senate. And, despite Republicans’ historical opposition to most climate policies, nascent support for a carbon tax by several members in the Climate Solutions Caucus was one of the few bright spots in U.S. climate policy in 2018.

But how strong is voter support for strong action on climate change—particularly carbon pricing? Vulnerable Republican members who support climate policies risk electoral challenges, and even progressive Washington State failed to pass a ballot initiative introducing a carbon price in 2018. In short, what are Americans willing to pay to fight climate change?

Join EPIC and a distinguished panel of political and policy leaders as we discuss the dynamics at play in the new Congress.

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