American Research Leadership to Ensure a Safe Climate

December 10, 2018 - 4:30 pm

Rayburn House Office Building, room 2075, 45 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC

American Research Leadership to Ensure a Safe Climate

A conversation with:


The Hon. Jerry McNerney

Representative, CA-09

US House of Representatives

Amanda Staudt

Director of the Board of Atmospheric and Climate Sciences

National Academy of Sciences

McKie Campbell

Managing Partner

BlueWater Strategies LLC

Kelly Wanser

Executive Director


Moderated by:


David Livingston

Deputy Director for Climate & Advanced Energy, Global Energy Center

Atlantic Council

Please join the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center and SilverLining on Monday, December 10, 2018 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. for a discussion on interventions for ensuring safety against the risks of a warming climate, and considerations for the US research sector.

The recent US National Climate Assessment gave a dire warning about the near-term risks of a warming climate. Our distinguished panelists will discuss the future of research in atmospheric climate intervention (sometimes called "solar geoengineering") in the United States, a new National Academy of Sciences effort to define a responsible research agenda and possible paths for governance.


Join us at the Rayburn House Office Building, room 2075, for what promises to be a lively and informative discussion. This event is on-the-record and open to the media. Light food and refreshments will be served.

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Rayburn House Office Building, room 2075

45 Independence Ave SW

Washington, DC 20515

This event is open to press and on the record.


McKie Campbell, managing partner at BlueWater Strategies, has over thirty years of governmental and private sector energy and natural resource experience. He has extensive experience working with Federal, state and local agencies, and with advocacy groups on all sides of issues.

Prior to joining BlueWater Strategies, McKie was the staff director of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee for Senator Murkowski. In that position, McKie worked on the gamut of energy and natural resource issues and legislative initiatives including electric generation and transmission, hydropower, water issues, nuclear energy, oil and gas issues, CCS, mining, land use, and all other aspects of US energy and natural resource policy. As staff director, McKie worked closely with the Department of the Interior, the Department of Energy, the EPA, OMB, and the White House, as well as Congressional decision makers on both sides of the aisle and in both Houses of Congress.

Prior to moving to Washington DC, McKie worked on natural resource policy in the State of Alaska. Among his positions, he was deputy chief of staff in the Governor’s Office and the commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, where he sat on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council and the EVOS Trustee council. McKie also ran a successful consulting business specializing in permitting, energy and natural resource consulting and the management of multi-discipline teams of scientists performing EIS’s and EA’s. McKie is the past-president of the Washington Industrial Round Table and a 2018-2019 Visiting Fellow in Policy Practice at the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC). McKie is pronounced with a long i to rhyme with McRye or McSky.

David Livingston is deputy director, climate and advanced energy, of the Atlantic Council's Global Energy Center. 

He is also a fellow of the Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy at Johns Hopkins University, and teaches a course on energy for the University of Southern California (USC) program in Washington, DC.

Previously, Livingston served as a fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and as the inaugural Robert S. Strauss fellow for geoeconomics at the Office of the US Trade Representative, where he concluded as acting assistant US trade representative for congressional affairs.

He also has worked at the World Trade Organization in Geneva and at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Vienna.

Livingston was selected as a Future Energy Leader by the World Energy Council, is an alumnus of the Atlantik Brücke Young Leaders Program, and serves on the advisory board of South by Southwest (SXSW) Cities and a number of social enterprise start-ups. 

He earned a BA from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and an MSc with distinction from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

The Hon. Jerry McNerney was sworn into office on January 4, 2007. He is proud to represent California’s 9th District, which includes a large portion of San Joaquin County in the Central Valley as well as parts of Contra Costa and Sacramento Counties.

McNerney was inspired to run for Congress by his son Michael, who in response to the attacks of September 11, sought and received a commission in the Air Force. Michael suggested that his Dad serve his country by running for Congress. With a deep sense of duty and his family’s support, McNerney began his journey to Congress.

Congressman McNerney is honored to serve on the Committee on Energy and Commerce, the oldest standing legislative committee in the US House of Representatives. The committee is vested with broad jurisdiction on a number of issues including telecommunications, consumer protection, food and drug safety, public health research, environmental quality, energy policy, and interstate and foreign commerce. The Congressman is also proud to be a member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

McNerney, who has his Ph.D. in mathematics, served several years as an engineering contractor to Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico. In 1990 McNerney moved with his family to California, accepting a senior engineering position with US Windpower, Kenetech. McNerney later began working as an energy consultant for PG&E, FloWind, the Electric Power Research Institute, and other utility companies. Prior to his election to Congress, he formed a start-up company to manufacture wind turbines. During his career in wind energy, McNerney’s work contributed to saving the equivalent of approximately 30 million barrels of oil, or 8.3 million tons of carbon dioxide.

McNerney and Mary, his wife of forty years, have three grown children. Their oldest son, Michael, is a reserve officer in the US Air Force and a graduate of American University with a degree in law. Daughter Windy received a Ph.D. from Notre Dame in neuroscience and is now working on the biochemistry of neurodegenerative disorders as a fellow at the VA Palo Alto, and also teaches at Stanford University. Their youngest son, Greg, received his Ph.D. in biophysics and is working as an engineer at Intel Corporation.

Amanda Staudt directs the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (BASC) and the Polar Research Board (PRB) at the National Research Council. Amanda leads strategic planning, guides project development, and provides institutional oversight for both boards. From 2007-2013, Amanda was a senior climate scientist at the National Wildlife Federation. In this role, she focused on communicating climate science and impacts with key decision makers and the general public, developing the intellectual and practical foundation for climate-informed conservation, and advancing climate change science education. She served on the steering committee for Impacts of Climate Change on Biodiversity, Ecosystems, and Ecosystem Services: Technical Input to the2013 National Climate Assessment, and was an editor of Climate-Smart Conservation: Putting Adaptation Principles into Practice, a 2014 guidance produced by an expert workgroup including representatives from government, nonprofits, and academia. Prior to her time at NWF, Amanda was a senior program officer for BASC, where she directed the Climate Research Committee and a number of high-profile studies, including the fast-track review of the US Climate Change Science Program Strategic Plan, and studies on weather research for surface transportation and radiative forcing effects on climate. She also spear-headed the development of the Academy's first booklet on climate change targeted to public audiences. Amanda received her B.A. cum laude in environmental science and engineering from Harvard College and her Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences from Harvard University.

Kelly Wanser is principal director of the Marine Cloud Brightening Project responsible for program management, strategy and engagement with public, private sector and academic partners. She is member of the National Academy of Sciences President’s Circle and advisor to Climate and Ocean Studies Board efforts. She previously served as senior advisor to Ocean Conservancy on accelerating innovation to assess climate-ocean impacts and senior advisor to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories on industry strategy for fusion energy.

Ms. Wanser began her engagement with solar geoengineering in 2008, under the guidance of distinguished climate scientist Ken Caldeira, when she initiated the collaboration that became the marine cloud brightening research effort. She subsequently coined the term “marine cloud brightening.”

A technologist, executive and entrepreneur, she previously founded companies in IT infrastructure, analytics and security, including ColdSpark, eCert and Luminus Networks. She is the author of over twenty patents related to electronic messaging, security and network analytics. Earlier in her career, she was a strategy consultant for European firm Arkwright, and held positions in outcomes research and web-based disease management for GlaxoWellcome. She is a graduate of Boston College and Oxford University with degrees in Economics and Philosophy, and spent two years as a volunteer lecturer at St. John’s College, Belize.