As the United States seeks economy-wide decarbonization, an unprecedented transition will be needed across the energy system, involving expansion of clean energy generation, a boost in electric vehicles, and further reductions in the use of coal, oil, and natural gas. Prioritizing fairness for workers and communities that have historically depended on fossil fuels will be an important part of an equitable energy transition.
Resources for the Future (RFF) and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) recently published a report that explores more than 100 policy options available for facilitating an equitable transition in the United States. The report also highlights research gaps that can be filled to better inform policymaking in the energy transition.
On April 28, 2021, RFF and EDF hosted a virtual RFF live event. During this webinar, researchers presented an overview of the report and a panel of experts discussed what future policy is needed to support fossil fuel workers and communities in the shift to a low-carbon economy.
- Fred Krupp, Environmental Defense Fund
- Richard G. Newell, Resources for the Future
- Jahi Wise, White House Office of Domestic Climate Policy
- Jake Higdon, Environmental Defense Fund
- Wesley Look, Resources for the Future
- Heidi Binko, Just Transition Fund
- Julia Haggerty, Montana State University
- Daniel Raimi, Resources for the Future
- Jason Walsh, BlueGreen Alliance
- Tim McDonnell, Quartz (moderator)