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BPC’s Sasha Mackler on the 26th UN Climate Change Conference

Washington, DC – The following is a statement from Sasha Mackler, executive director of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Energy Program:

“The Bipartisan Policy Center applauds the progress made toward tackling the growing climate crisis at the 26th UN Climate Change Conference. Reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 will take coordination between global leaders, private industry, and the Biden administration as it implements emissions reducing policies such as those in the just-passed bipartisan infrastructure bill.

“COP 26 has set many ambitious goals, including in the areas of BPC work such as carbon removal, trade policy, afforestation, private sector actions, and reducing methane emissions. Global and U.S. progress on all these topics will be necessary to combat climate change.

“But, equally, calls for immediate bans on all fossil fuels are unrealistic and even counterproductive, as they risk undermining popular support for climate action by dramatically raising near-term energy prices and causing energy reliability problems. Phasing out oil and natural gas emissions will take years; using new technologies and approaches including carbon management will be crucial to doing this in an economically responsible manner that is consistent with achieving net-zero emissions by mid-century.

“While international pledges are important, ultimately what matters most is national action. BPC looks forward to working with the Biden administration and members of Congress from both parties to drive new U.S. climate leadership in ways that also help expedite actions by other nations.”

Sasha Mackler is available for interview.