October 31, 2017
The Road to Bonn: Transatlantic Climate Solutions
By Becca Hunziker
Moderated by Randolph Bell, the Global Energy Center’s managing director, the panel included Ben Grumbles, the secretary of the environment at the Maryland Department of the Environment; Dennis Tänzler, the director of international climate policy at Adelphi; and Tommy Wells, the director of the Department of Energy and Environment for the City of Washington, DC. They had a wide-ranging and informative discussion about global climate action, with a focus on state and local action and bottom-up solutions. Based on their experiences on the forefront of local climate action in Maryland and Washington, DC, Ben Grumbles and Tommy Wells expounded on the successes and pitfalls, as well as the priorities, of local action. Dennis Tänzler discussed climate action realities in Europe and the effect the Trump administration’s announcement of intent to withdraw from the Paris Agreement had on the transatlantic relationship. All three panelists agreed that it is necessary to tackle climate concerns from both the private sector and all levels of government and that the transatlantic relationship is critical for encouraging and fostering climate leadership on both sides of the Atlantic.