Presidential Climate Action Project
Between 2007 and 2011, CNT was part of the Presidential Climate Action Project (PCAP) that engaged hundreds of thought leaders to produce scores of recommendations on how the President of the United States could improve the nation’s climate and energy security. Thanks to the support of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, PCAP has been revived for the 2012 election season.
The project engaged some of America’s most distinguished thought leaders that emphasize policies and programs the President can implement with his existing executive authorities and without further action by Congress. And as before, the project has encouraged this year’s presidential candidates to address climate change and energy security head-on.
In January 2011, PCAP issued its plan. “Building the Obama Administration’s Climate Legacy” was a set of fresh recommendations on what the Obama Administration can do on climate and energy policy over the second half of its first term.
In August 2010, the Presidential Climate Action Project submitted a follow-up report to the Obama Administration, “Plan B: Near-Term Presidential Actions For Energy & Environmental Leadership”, with five ideas to demonstrate U.S. leadership on climate change—and to improve the climate for a global treaty—before the international community meets in November 2010 in Cancun, Mexico.
CNT’s research and expertise in transportation, land use, and climate change forms the basis for much of the plan’s transportation agenda. In addition, CNT President Scott Bernstein serves on the Steering Committee of the Presidential Climate Action Project, bringing CNT’s deep understanding of sustainable, measurable, place-based solutions with net economic benefits to this monumental project.
- Full report, 2012: “Building an Advanced Energy Economy”
- Full report, 2011: “Building the Obama Administration’s Climate Legacy”
- Full report, 2010: “Plan B: Near-Term Presidential Actions For Energy & Environmental Leadership”
- Full report, 2008: “The Presidential Climate Action Plan”
- Presidential Climate Action Project website
- PCAP news at CNT’s news archive