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Nov 29, 2020

Which Trump Administration-era policies should the incoming Biden-Harris Administration continue?

By Global Energy Center

Amidst the Trump Administration’s empty talk of “energy dominance,” “freedom gas,” and “the cleanest air, the cleanest water,” the Administration developed a number of good policies that align with President-elect Biden’s climate, energy security, and foreign policy objectives. If the Senate remains in Republican hands, these areas might be some of the best opportunities President-elect Biden has to advance his climate and energy goals.

Energy & Environment United States and Canada

New Atlanticist

Sep 16, 2020

Experts react: Von der Leyen outlines vision for Europe’s post-COVID future

By Atlantic Council

Von der Leyen used her first State of the European Union Address to push European leaders to “make change happen by design—not by disaster or by diktat from others in the world.” Atlantic Council experts react to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s speech and its implications for future EU policy.

Climate Change & Climate Action Coronavirus


Sep 15, 2020

Scaling CCUS: Catalyzing policy and financial innovation

By Emily Burlinghaus, Reed Blakemore, Lee Beck

Carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) is critical to decarbonizing heavy industry and meeting global climate goals. But significant roadblocks to financing have prevented the ability of industry to scale up CCUS projects. New financing tools and a coordinated approach by policy makers, industry representatives, and financial institutions can help CCUS drive the energy transition.

Energy & Environment Energy Transitions

Lee Beck is a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center and CATF’s senior director in Europe, leading CATF’s cross-functional, cross-regional and cross-programmatic growth and climate policy impact in Europe. She also focuses on advancing CATF’s efforts on global climate policy, including at COP27 in Egypt.  Having worked on climate and clean energy and lived in the US and Europe, Lee is an expert on transatlantic partnerships and international affairs, and is passionate about advancing and strengthening the transatlantic relationship to achieve climate goals.  

Before stepping into her current role, Lee was CATF’s global director for carbon capture, leading the team’s expansion in the US, Europe, and the Middle East, and helping launch CATF’s overall European efforts. Under her leadership, the carbon capture team played an integral role in advancing cutting-edge carbon management policies globally. The team helped secure $12 billion in funding for carbon capture, removal and storage in the US Infrastructure Bill, as well as make improvements to the 45Q tax credit, and push the vision for a European Strategy for Carbon Capture and Storage.  

Lee came to CATF from the Global CCS Institute, where she served as a senior advisor leading the Institute’s advocacy efforts in North America and was part of a global team focused on advocacy and policy. Previously, Lee worked for the Vermont Energy Investment Cooperation, and at Eni USA in their Washington DC International Relations Office, focusing on international affairs and government relations. She also worked for the EU Delegation to the US as a trainee on transportation, energy, and environmental policy issues. Before working in the energy field, Lee was a journalist reporting for multiple outlets reporting from Germany, Italy, Tanzania and Hong Kong. She has a Master of Arts in International Affairs and Economics with majors in Energy, Resources and Environment and Political Economy from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Originally from Germany, she speaks German, French, and Italian.