The Road to Bonn: Transatlantic Climate Solutions

October 31, 2017 - 9:00 am

Atlantic Council, 1030 15th ST NW, 12th Floor
Washington, DC

The Road to Bonn: Transatlantic Climate Solutions

Opening remarks by:

Ambassador Richard Morningstar (Ret.)
Founding Director and Chairman, Global Energy Center
Atlantic Council

A conversation with:

Benjamin Grumbles 
Secretary of the Environment 
Maryland Department of the Environment

Dennis Tänzler
Director of International Climate Policy

Tommy Wells
Director, Department of Energy & Environment
The City of Washington, DC 

Moderated by:

Randolph Bell
Managing Director, Global Energy Center
Atlantic Council
Please join the Global Energy Center and the Future Europe Initiative and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 for a conversation about the current state of climate action in the United States and in the transatlantic relationship more broadly. In light of the upcoming twenty-third session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) in Bonn, Germany, it is important to take stock of the future of global climate action, with an emphasis on action at the state and local level and bottom-up solutions. The expert panel will also discuss the challenges and opportunities of climate finance and overall economic imperatives and benefits of climate action. 

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Atlantic Council
1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor (West Tower Elevator) 
Washington, DC 

This event is open to press and on the record.


Ben Grumbles is Maryland's secretary of the environment. He was appointed by Governor Larry Hogan in 2015. His duties also include serving as chair of the Governor’s Chesapeake Bay Cabinet, treasurer of the nine-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, chairman of the Ozone Transport Commission and member of the Susquehanna River Basin Commission. Ben has served as president of the US Water Alliance, EPA assistant administrator for water, and senior staffer and counsel for the Transportation and Infrastructure and Science Committees in the US Congress. He’s lived, worked, and played in the Chesapeake Bay region since 1985.

Dennis Tänzler is the director of international climate policy at Adelphi. His research focuses on climate and energy policies as well as peace and conflict studies. Over the course of more than fifty projects, he has undertaken research on climate protection and energy policies and has provided in-depth analysis on the security implications of climate change and contributed to interdisciplinary research on new methodologies for vulnerability assessments. In 2007 and 2008 he served the Policy Planning Unit of the German Foreign Office as an expert on climate and energy policies. Tänzler has more than fifteen years of experience in the fields of global environmental policy, climate change policy, and climate change and foreign policy.

Richard L. Morningstar is the founding director and chairman of the Global Energy Center at the Atlantic Council. He served as the US ambassador to the Republic of Azerbaijan from July 2012 to August 2014. Prior to his appointment, from April 2009, he was the secretary of state's special envoy for Eurasian energy. Prior to that, Morningstar lectured at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and Stanford Law School. From June 1999 to September 2001, he served as US ambassador to the European Union. Prior to this, Morningstar served as special adviser to the president and secretary of state for Caspian Basin energy diplomacy, where he was responsible for assuring maximum coordination within the executive branch and with other governments and international organizations to promote US policies on Caspian Basin energy development and transportation. From April 1995 to July 1998, he served as ambassador and special adviser to the president and secretary of state on assistance for the new independent states (NIS) of the former Soviet Union, where he oversaw all US bilateral assistance and trade investment activities in the NIS. From 1993 to 1995, he served as senior vice president of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). Morningstar also served as chairman of the board and chief executive officer of the Costar Corporation from 1990 to 1993 and as president and chief executive officer from 1981 to 1990. He was an attorney with Peabody and Brown (now Nixon and Peabody) in Boston from 1970 to 1981, where he became a partner in 1977. Morningstar served as a commissioner of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (1989–93). Prior to returning to the government in 2009, he served as director of the American Councils for International Education, a trustee of the Kosovo-America Educational Foundation, and a trustee of the Eurasia Foundation. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Morningstar received his BA from Harvard in 1967 and JD from Stanford Law School in 1970.