A New President’s Powerful Tool: Climate Risk Disclosure

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By Stephen Lacey and Greentech Media. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

Climate risk is now the topic du jour in Washington. The Biden transition team identified it as a powerful policy lever in the business world that could help the president-elect’s climate agenda without Congress.

But how? Could it happen at the Securities and Exchange Commission where companies disclose legal and other threats? What about a role for the Federal Reserve? What can Biden himself do?

This week, we’ll look at how federal action may happen -- and what impact it would have on emissions.

Then, from the first days in office, Trump’s team went after environmental protections with the focus of trained assassins. Those efforts are only intensifying in the weeks before Trump leaves the White House. How might Biden stop these “regulatory bombs?”

Last: reactions to Biden’s hires are revealing a split in the climate community. What do they reveal about theories of change in this changing political moment?

  • E&E News: Biden to Shine Light on Corporate Climate Risk
  • Bloomberg: All Businesses Everywhere, Get Ready to Disclose Your Climate Risk
  • New York Times: E.P.A.’s Final Deregulatory Rush Runs Into Open Staff Resistance
  • Propublica: Tracking the Trump Administration’s “Midnight Regulations”
  • Twitter: Bill McKibben defense of Brian Deese
  • Twitter: Matt Yglesias on the only way to make climate progress

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