Climate change represents a profound policy challenge to America and the world – requiring a response at a sweeping scale and with unprecedented speed centered on remaking the energy foundations of our society. The move to a clean and renewable energy future must be advanced at the same time America works to recover from the most serious pandemic in a century and the parallel economic collapse triggered by Covid-19.
In response to this challenge, the USA Network of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) has produced America's Zero-Carbon Action Plan (ZCAP), a comprehensive policy report that presents a strategic plan to create a carbon-neutral economy for the United States by 2050, anchored in key findings from a previous SDSN report, Achieving Carbon Neutrality in the United States. The ZCAP was designed by a cohort of more than 100 researchers and 19 Chairs who make up the Zero Carbon Consortium, who are experts in their fields of climate change policy; clean energy pathways modeling; industrial policy high-employment green economies; legislative and regulatory policy; electricity (power) generation; transportation; industry; buildings; sustainable land-use; and sustainable materials management.
This webinar will focus on Chapter 3 of the ZCAP report: Industrial Policy, Employment, and Just Transition. The authors and contributors will speak on the following.
3:00 - 3:05: Welcome and Introduction to ZCAP, Elena Crete (SDSN)
3:05 - 3:17: Job creation: Methodology and Numbers, Robert Pollin (UMass Amherst)
3:17 - 3:25: Just Transition for Fossil Fuel Dependent Workers and Communities, Robert Pollin (UMass Amherst)
3:25 - 3:33 - Job Training, Ellen Scully-Russ (The George Washington University)
3:33 - 3:42: Labor Unions and Affirmative Action, Jeannette Wicks-Lim (UMass Amherst)
3:42 - 3:45: Conclusion & Building Support, Robert Pollin (UMass Amherst)
3:45 - 4:00: Q&A