Climate Challenges and Bridging Divides

Event Description

Climate Challenges and Bridging Divides: The Debate Over 100% Renewables vs.100% Clean Energy


March 11, 2019 | 12:00  – 2:00 PM EST

Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies

Berstein-Offit Building

1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW 20036

Room 500


Karl Hausker will present on the division within the climate policy community between those who advocate 100% renewable pathways, and those who advocate a broader range of technologies, including nuclear and/or carbon capture (CCS) options in addition to renewables. He will explore strategies for bridging this divide to effectively address this toughest of environmental challenges.
About the Speaker:


Dr. Karl Hausker is a Senior Fellow in the World Resources Institute Energy and Climate Programs. He leads analysis and modeling of climate mitigation, electricity market design and the social cost of carbon. He led the Risky Business study of clean energy scenarios for the U.S., and lectures widely on deep decarbonization.

He has worked for three decades in the fields of climate change, energy and environment in a career that has spanned legislative and executive branches, research institutions, NGOs, and consulting. Hausker has led climate policy analysis and modeling projects for USAID, USEPA, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the Western Climate Initiative and the California Air Resources Board. Much of his work has focused on the energy and transportation sectors, and on low carbon, climate resilient development strategies.

From 2007-2013, Hausker was a Vice President at ICF International. He previously served as Deputy Director at the Center for Climate Strategies and as a Principal with Hagler Bailly. He lived in India all of 1999 as a Visiting Fellow at TERI. His experience also includes: serving President Clinton as Deputy Assistant Administrator in EPA’s Policy Office where he represented EPA in interagency climate policy development and at COP-1; and serving as the Chief Economist for the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, where he worked on a diverse set of issues including electricity restructuring, CAFE standards, alternative fuels, western water policy, nuclear power and energy security.

Hausker holds an M.P.P and Ph.D. in Public Policy from University of California, Berkeley, and received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Cornell University.

Moderated by: Professor Sarah Jordaan, Assistant Professor, ERE Program

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