As the 116th Congress convenes, prospects for effective and enduring climate policy are profoundly uncertain. Recent national and international assessments emphasize that climate science is well understood, that human activities are driving climate change, and that serious impacts are occurring and will worsen. Our political leaders are bitterly divided over whether, when, and how to respond to climate change. Some advocate efforts to foster bipartisan consensus while others argue for solutions such as the Green New Deal that are favored only, or chiefly, by particular political groupings.

The Center on Global Energy Policy assessed prospects for bipartisan solutions on climate in this uncertain environment with a discussion led by CGEP Distinguished Visiting Fellow Carlos Curbelo, former U.S. representative for Florida's 26th congressional district. Following Congressman Curbelo’s remarks, he joined Kristina Costa, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, Alex Flint, Executive Director of Alliance for Market Solutions, and Rhiana Gunn-Wright, Policy Director for the Green New Deal project at New Consensus, for a panel discussion moderated by Jonathan Elkind, CGEP Fellow and Senior Research Scholar.