Howard Bamsey was, until recently, Deputy Secretary of Australia’s Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, and Australia’s Special Envoy on Climate Change. He is one of Australia’s most experienced negotiators, playing a key role in international climate change negotiations.
Climate change; climate change policy; energy efficiency; international negotiations; sustainable development policy; and public policy
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Two articles by Howard Bamsey and Frank Jotzo write that while this new climate plan won’t solve Obama’s climate change dilemma, it will make a difference to the US energy system and force other countries, like Australia, to reconsider their own strategies.
“Obama’s Clean Power Plan uses federal powers of pollution regulation to impose emissions targets for carbon dioxide from power stations for each of the 50 US states. It is left up to each state how to achieve it, a smart move that can help with political acceptability.
“It ought to be taken seriously in Canberra,” write Bamsey and Jotzo in The Interpreter.