- December 05, 2023
- December 05, 2023
Given the global dimensions of climate change, there is a need for a worldwide political and economic effort to combat global warming. However, one of the key players crucially involved in this effort is the United States, being one of the largest emitters of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. Particularly through the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), the government of President Biden is investing significant resources to promote renewable energies and green technology. The volume of IRA expenditures, its instruments, and the overall course of American environmental and climate policy are subjects of domestic political dispute between the Democratic and Republican parties.Simultaneously, the world is closely watching Dubai, where the United Nations Climate Conference is currently taking place. COP28 is, in a way, conducting a global assessment of climate policy. The international community of nations is urged to deliver robust results and binding targets.The debate on climate policy significantly influences the domestic political landscape of the United States, manifesting itself in current political discussions. The pivotal contribution of the Inflation Reduction Act to combat climate change has impacted this debate. As for the COP28, the current results and how they affect the national climate policy of the United States remain to be seen. The tensions between the United States and China have had implications on global progress in combating climate change, and the prospects in light of the current diplomatic situation are uncertain. Podcast hosts Julia Friedlander of the Atlantic Bridge and Stormy-Annika Mildner of the Aspen Institute Germany discuss these questions with Petra Dolata, Associate Professor of Energy History at the University of Calgary, and Dennis Tänzler, Director and Head of Program Climate Policy at Adelphi in Berlin.