Together in Climate Action Summit: Regional Carbon Pricing vs. Federal Inaction

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This special episode is part of MIT’s Together in Climate Action Summit, which is focused on sharing climate leadership strategies and exploring pathways forward in Northeastern North America.

In this episode, we interview Deb Markowitz, a former six-term Vermont Secretary of State, and Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. Currently, Markowitz is a visiting professor in Environmental Policy and Leadership at the University of Vermont.

We discuss how state power and regional action can be leveraged to combat climate change in light of the United States' plan to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. Deb highlights how carbon pricing, market-driven policies, leadership, and ideology can produce meaningful change and measurable economic and environmental benefits. We also discuss the success of RGGI cap-and-trade system, and how inter-state cooperation on carbon emissions and environmental policy can lead when federal policies lag.

If you’d like to learn more about the Together in Climate Action Summit, which runs December 7th & 8th 2017, visit climatesummit.mit.edu

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Rick Shankman's picture

"It is easy to get

Poor Deb Markowitz has no idea who she is talking to.  Welcome to (Koch-funded) MIT...

Group linked to billionaire Koch brothers seeks end to New York role in greenhouse gas curb - Group linked to oilmen billionaires sues state to pull out of program...

"The lawsuit seeks to bounce New York out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative [RGGI], a 10-state [including Vermont] program applied to electric power plants in the Northeast."

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Rajesh Kasturirangan's picture

"Poor Deb Markowitz": Once

"Poor Deb Markowitz": Once again Rick, you are responding to a distinguished woman as if she were naive (it was "duped smiling housewives" last time).

Do you think someone elected to statewide office six times would be innocent about the political-corporate landscape? Would you ever say of Rex Tillerson "poor Rex, he has no idea who he is talking to"? Please reflect on the letter and spirit of your words. Completely unacceptable.  

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Rick Shankman's picture

Further, with regard to your

Further, with regard to your mention of the climate-hypocritical "political-corporate landscape,"...

Not one word (again) during your MIT ClimateX podcast about the fact that a life member of the Board of the MIT Corporation was backing the opposition to the RGGI Project Deb Markowitz (your guest) holds so dear.

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Rick Shankman's picture

"Do you think someone elected

"Do you think someone elected to statewide office six times would be innocent about the political-corporate landscape?"

In a word... yes.

Just as the distinguished U.S. Senator from Rhode Island (lawyer - former Governor's Executive Counsel, former state Attorney General, and former United States Attorney for Rhode Island) was two weeks ago.

See... Senator Exposes "Web of Denial Blocking Action on Climate Change" While Speaking From Inside That Web

If you're looking for "completely unacceptable," it's your repeated attempts at censorship of commentary on ClimateX's hypocrisy and incessant injection of imaginary sexism into those attempts.  Last I heard (I have a friend who knows him), Sheldon Whitehouse is male.

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Curt Newton's picture

There's no attempts at

There's no attempts at censorship here Rick, only encouraging you (repeatedly) to abide by our site's code of conduct.

In my opinion, your continuous attacks on people's valid opinions, intelligence, credibility and commitment are out of bounds. 

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Rick Shankman's picture

"In February 2011, as [New

"In February 2011, as [New Jersey Governor] Christie was starting to rise to national prominence through his savvy social media use of video clips, he sat down for a two-hour meeting with David Koch, the billionaire right-wing funder, in New York.  The governor pulled out of RGGI shortly afterward. Less than two months later, the same Koch praised him profusely for his decision to pull out of the program at a Vail, Colo. Koch Brothers donor summit."

Yep, no valid point or political commentary to be found here; certainly nothing deserving of mention during any podcast with an admitted RGGI champion.

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Rick Shankman's picture

"There's no attempts at

"There's no attempts at censorship here, Rick..."

That's cute Curt.  Thanks for chiming in to the conversation this morning.

Glad to see your (stated above) position is that only your (or ClimateX's staff, MIT's, or your invited guests') "opinions, intelligence, credibility or commitment" are "valid" in your eyes.

As for censorship, I'll try to commission a study on how many seconds it takes (on average) for ClimateX to abuse its administrator privileges and selectively delete my postings off the timelines.

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