The Atlantic Council Global Energy Center invites you to a high-level briefing for congressional staffers on US COP26 priorities in advance of the Climate Summit in Glasgow this November. This bipartisan, private, off-the-record session will take place Thursday, March 25 at 12 PM EDT.

This briefing will serve as an interactive opportunity to discuss common ground, across-the-aisle solutions to climate change and will further the conversation on how congressional delegations can engage in the COP process and ensure a meaningful US presence at the Summit.

The featured distinguished panel will focus on the importance of raising ambition on climate targets in the lead up to the Conference, and will highlight the economic development, national security, and international leadership case for stronger clean energy commitments and climate actions both domestically and abroad, particularly in the post-COVID recovery context. In leading on the clean energy transition, the United States has the opportunity to strengthen economic competitiveness, create good-paying jobs, and protect national security interests.

Please join this conversation via the web application Zoom, which is accessible through your web browser, the Zoom desktop or mobile app, and by phone. Register below to receive the full zoom details. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at


A briefing with

George David Banks
Nonresident Senior Fellow
Atlantic Council Global Energy Center;
Former Chief Strategist for the Minority, Policy & Communications
US House of Representatives, Select Committee on the Climate Crisis

The Hon. Sharon Burke
Senior Advisor, International Security & Resource Security Programs
New America;
Former Assistant Secretary for Operational Energy
US Department of Defense

Melanie Kenderdine
Managing Principal
Energy Futures Initiative;
Nonresident Senior Fellow
Atlantic Council Global Energy Center;
Former Energy Counselor to the Secretary
US Department of Energy

Benjamin Reinke
Nonresident Senior Fellow
Atlantic Council Global Energy Center;
Former Executive Director for Strategic Planning and Policy
US Department of Energy

Moderated by

Margaret Jackson
Deputy Director for Climate and Advanced Energy
Atlantic Council Global Energy Center