The future of US climate policy under a Biden administration: Some implications for Australia

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Dr Morris will discuss the dramatically changed outlook for climate policy in the United States arising from the election of Joe Biden. She’ll cover which potential initiatives the new Administration can pursue with existing authority along with the leading options that would require bipartisan cooperation with a Republican-held Senate. She’ll review what these changes mean for the United States’ participation in the Paris Agreement and other international relations.

Professor Frank Jotzo and Professor Warwick McKibbin will follow Dr Morris’s presentation with comments on the implications for the Australian climate policy debate and the Australian economy.

About Dr Morris: Adele Morris is the Joseph A. Pechman senior fellow in Economic Studies, the policy director for Climate and Energy Economics at the Brookings Institution and a CAMA research associate. Her research informs critical decisions related to climate change, energy, and tax policy. She is a leading global expert on the design of carbon pricing policies. She joined Brookings in July 2008 from the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress, where she advised members and staff on economic, energy, and environmental policy. Before her work in Congress, Morris was the lead natural resource economist for the U.S. Treasury Department for nine years. In that position, she informed and represented Treasury’s positions on agriculture, energy, climate, and radio spectrum policies. On assignment to the U.S. Department of State in 2000, she led negotiations on land use and forestry issues in the international climate change treaty process. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University.

This event is hosted by the Centre for Climate Economics and Policy, ANU and the Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis.