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Tue, Apr 21, 2020

In the wake of a pandemic: Coronavirus impacts on clean energy and climate action

Amid the haze of uncertainty wrought from coronavirus and oil market fallout, clean energy actors will not take a backseat as the world evolves. As the status quo dissolves before a global crisis, and fossil energy markets grow increasingly volatile, renewables and clean tech have an opportunity to chart a new path forward amid the recovery.

EnergySource by Zachary Strauss, Mitali Mirle, and John Soughan

Coronavirus Energy & Environment

Tue, Jan 21, 2020

Trump hails “time for optimism” on climate change, but US leadership still missing

While “Trump is right [that] this is a time for both optimism and action,” John E. Morton, a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center, said, Trump “is wrong to suggest that the future lies in fossil fuels.” By emphasizing fossil fuel production, Livingston said, “Trump missed a key opportunity to sell the story of a United States that can still—with the right policies—commercialize zero-carbon technologies as well as any other country in the world.”

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Climate Change & Climate Action Energy Transitions

Thu, Sep 5, 2019

Democratic hopefuls show enhanced dedication to fighting climate crisis

What united all of the candidates was a recognition that climate change would need to be a major focus of the next president.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Climate Change & Climate Action Elections

John E. Morton is a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center. He is the former White House senior director for energy and climate change at the National Security Council and brings more than twenty years of experience in emerging markets, investment finance, and economic and environmental policy. In his White House role, Mr. Morton had overall responsibility for coordinating the Obama Administration’s policies and strategies on international energy and climate change issues. Earlier in the Administration, Mr. Morton was the chief of staff and chief operating officer of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). At OPIC, Mr. Morton managed the Agency’s day-to-day operations, including its 250 employees and $20 billion investment portfolio in over one hundred countries. Previously, Mr. Morton was OPIC’s vice president for investment policy where he oversaw the Agency’s focus on environmental stewardship and sustainability, overseeing a tenfold growth in OPIC’s lending to the renewable energy sector.

Prior to joining OPIC, Mr. Morton was managing director of economic policy at The Pew Charitable Trusts where he led a team focused on research and advocacy on national economic issues. Prior to joining Pew, Mr. Morton served as director of national security policy for the John Kerry presidential campaign, where he coordinated the development of policy concerning Afghanistan, Russia and the former Soviet states, Africa, and on issues relating to democracy, human rights, and economic development.

Previously, Mr. Morton was an investment officer with Global Environment Fund, where he oversaw global investments in sustainable forestry and the natural gas sector and developed the firm’s clean-energy practice. Mr. Morton also worked as a strategy consultant with Mercer Management Consulting. He began his professional career at the World Bank, where he managed environmental infrastructure investments in the former Soviet Union.

Mr. Morton received an MBA. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an MA in international economics from the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies. He graduated from Harvard College with a BA in Russian history and literature.

He has served on the boards of directors and executive committees of the National Security Network, and the Clean Energy Network. He is a fellow of the Aspen Institute’s Catto Environmental Leaders Program and the US–Japan Leadership Program.

He lives in Washington, DC with his wife and two children.