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Not “If” But “How” — A Symposium on Climate Change

March 4, 2013 — “It’s not if the United States will do something about climate change,” said Gina McCarthy, recently nominated to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “It’s all about how.” McCarthy spoke February 21 at a two-day symposium sponsored by the Georgetown Climate Center.

Reducing carbon pollution, increasing energy efficiency and strengthening energy security all make sense — whether you are an economist, public health advocate or city planner, McCarthy said. “And if you are a family struggling to make ends meet, saving money on your energy bills and going farther on a gallon of gas — that makes a lot of sense too.”

The event brought together government officials and stakeholders to explore how to work together on climate and energy policy, and to build resilience to the inevitable consequences of climate change. 

Gov. Jack Markell of Delaware and Gov. Dannel Malloy of Connecticut were among those addressing the work of the states. Delaware’s strategies include supporting electric vehicles, reducing the number of coal plants, expanding mass transit and retrofitting homes and businesses.

“We are making good progress on the emissions reduction side, but … as a low-lying coastal state, we also need to address our vulnerabilities to some of the climate impacts,” said Markell, noting that his state is one of those most endangered by sea level rise.

The Georgetown Climate Center, launched in February 2009, has worked with state and federal policymakers to advance effective climate policies. 

“This seems to be the right time to have a conversation about how to work together to address and respond to climate change and [find] solutions that build on the terrific work of the states,” said Climate Center Executive Director Vicki Arroyo (L’94).

A full list of events with video can be seen here.

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