Heather Zichal

  • Zichal Quoted by Bloomberg BNA on Future of EPA Policies

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  • Zichal Quoted by Public News Service on the EPA's Clean Power Plan

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  • Zichal Quoted by Iowa Public Radio on How Iowa Stands as a Leader in Renewable Energy

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  • Zichal To Speak At Energy Future Event

    Global Energy Center Senior Fellow Heather Zichal will join a panel in Iowa to discuss the future of energy technology in the United States:

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  • Zichal on Climate Change and Energy Technology

    The Des Moines Register quotes Global Energy Center Nonresident Senior Fellow Heather Zichal on growing concern about climate change and the resulting efforts to develop new energy technologies:

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  • COP21 Not the Finish Line, But A Very Solid Foundation

    There were high expectations for Paris COP21 and the outcome of the talks more than met those expectations, producing a lasting agreement that significantly reduces global carbon pollution and begins our transition to a clean energy economy.  It is a milestone pact between 190 developing and developed countries that have mutually committed to walk down a path toward a low-carbon global future.

    This historic global climate agreement will create new certainty and incentives for private industry to self regulate and adopt measures of its own that can augment targets agreed to in Paris. It provides a clear long-term market signal to private industry that we are in the midst of a transition to a clean energy economy. This will drive national, local, and private clean energy investments that, in aggregate, will enhance the international commitments made by the world’s leaders in...

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  • Zichal: In Paris Climate Summit, a Beginning Not an End

    Global Energy Center Nonresident Senior Fellow Heather Zichal writes for the Christian Science Monitor on why no single agreement should be expected to be the final solution to the climate crisis:

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  • Here’s What You Need to Know About COP21

    President Obama’s former climate change advisor discusses the importance and expectations of the Paris summit

    Officials from one hundred and ninety-six governments are gathered in Paris with the goal of reaching the first-ever global climate change agreement.

    The negotiators’ main objective is to agree on legally binding reductions in greenhouse gas emissions intended to keep the global average temperatures below a 2° Celsius increase over pre-industrial levels.

    Heather Zichal,a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council's Global Energy Center and former advisor to US President Barack Obama on energy and climate change, discussed the expectations from the COP21 summit in an e-mail interview with the New Atlanticist’s Ashish Kumar Sen. Here are excerpts from our interview.

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  • Takeaways from the Global Strategy Forum

    The Washington establishment is unprepared for the technological and geopolitical risks of the future, America is losing influence around the world—and while the United States is still indispensable as a superpower, there’s debate on whether it ought to remain so.

    These are among the takeaways from the Atlantic Council’s Global Strategy Forum held April 29-30 in Washington, as seen by Council President and CEO Frederick Kempe.

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  • Would You Care More About Climate Change if You Knew it Would Change Your Life?

    Panel discusses ‘power of narrative’ in getting message across on important issues and preparing for future challenges

    Do you care much about climate change? How about the fate of polar bears gingerly making their way across thinning Arctic ice? Most people would probably care a lot more if they heard how dramatic temperature spikes and rising sea levels would disrupt their own lives, panelists said April 29 at the Atlantic Council.

    In discussions on the consequences of climate change, “the vast majority of what we are talking about are things that are down the road … Americans just don’t think that way,” said Heather Zichal, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center. “They [want to know] ‘What’s happening in my backyard? How am I going to get my kids to school?’”

    She added: “As much as you can localize the message, the better off you are. Nobody in Iowa is worried about polar bear habitats, but when it comes to growing...

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