Why cutting soot emissions is ‘fastest solution’ to slowing Arctic ice melt
The Guardian
December 21, 2016

Our prognosticators look ahead to 2017 and see hope
Bloomberg Government
December 21, 2016

Paul Bledsoe on Paris Agreement report card
CCTV America
December 20, 2016

The oil and gas industry is quickly amassing power in Trump’s Washington
The Washington Post
December 14, 2016

The obscure climate deal that businesses hope Trump doesn’t ax (Subscriber access only)
POLITICO
December 14, 2016

Rex Tillerson’s view of climate change: It’s just an ‘engineering problem’
The Washington Post
December 13, 2016

Rex Tillerson, an Aggressive Dealmaker Whose Ties With Russia May Prompt Scrutiny 
The New York Times
December 11, 2016

Could Trump help CCS? Hill advocates think so (Subscriber access only)
E&E News
December 6, 2016

Obama admin leaving HFC deal to Trump White House (Subscriber access only)
E&E News
December 1, 2016

Cautious Reactions to Donald Trump’s ‘Open Mind’ Climate Comments (Subscriber access only)
The Wall Street Journal
November 23, 2016

Why would Trump want Hamm at Energy? 
E&E News
November 22, 2016

Why the environment wasn’t a factor in the presidential race (Subscriber access only)
E&E News
November 22, 2016

New member of State transition team maps exit from Paris deal (Subscriber access only)
E&E News
November 22, 2016

How Trump Can Reverse Obama Climate Change Regulations
The Daily Signal
November 21, 2016

Steps to address climate change are ‘irreversible,’ world leaders declare in Marrakech
The Washington Post
November 18, 2016

Senate Democrats take ‘wait to see’ attitude with Trump on climate (Subscriber access only)
E&E News
November 17, 2016

Kerry tells climate conference that the U.S. will fight global warming — with Trump or without
Los Angeles Times
November 16, 2016

This is where Obama’s hugely ambitious climate policies were headed — before Trump
The Washington Post
November 16, 2016

Kerry: Obama’s Climate Change Targets Won’t Be Reversed
Associated Press
November 16, 2016

Has Center for American Progress become too ‘establishment’? 
E&E News
November 16, 2016

Appearance in POLITICO’s Morning Energy digest
November 16, 2016

International climate negotiators in Marrakech have shaken off their despondence over the likelihood that Trump may withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement. Nations are expected to today release the “Marrakech Call to Action” … Work on the call to action began weeks ago, but it has gained new urgency since Trump’s election. “Trump’s threat to either pull out of the Paris Agreement or simply ignore U.S. commitments has galvanized a renewed political urgency here,” said Paul Bledsoe, a former official in the Clinton administration who is in Marrakech. Alden Meyer, director of strategy and policy for the Union of Concerned Scientists, added, “The Marrakech action proclamation, makes it clear the world is going to move ahead full speed with Paris no matter what the U.S. decides.”

Paul Bledsoe on Trump’s climate priorities
CCTV America
November 15, 2016

Trump is on the wrong side of history, says former Bill Clinton climate adviser
BBC Newshour
November 14, 2016

Trump Victory Shadows Over Climate Talks
BBC Newshour
November 14, 2016

Lack of voter turnout in Midwest swing states contributed to Clinton’s election defeat
The Globe and Mail
November 11, 2016

Trump’s victory shocks international climate negotiations
The Washington Post
November 9, 2016

Appearance in POLITICO’s Morning Energy digest
November 9, 2016

Paul Bledsoe, former climate aide in Bill Clinton’s White House, with a representative quote from the shell-shocked environmental community: “Atmospheric chemistry doesn’t change because Trump won an election. And businesses know they will inevitably face long-term carbon constraints. Even the Paris Agreement will far outlast his presidency. But U.S. international credibility on climate negotiations is gone.”

If it’s Clinton, how much further on GHGs could she go? 
E&E News
November 8, 2016

An Unfinished Presidency: Obama Passes the Baton 
The New York Times
November 7, 2016

5 yuge ways Trump and Clinton differ on climate, energy (Subscriber access only)
E&E News
November 7, 2016

At global climate talks, patience blends with urgency 
The Christian Science Monitor
November 6, 2016

Greens worry victory against Exxon may be short-lived (Subscriber access only)
E&E News
October 28, 2016

Climate Cast: World leaders agree to limit planet-warming hydrofluorocarbons 
Minnesota Public Radio
October 20, 2016

Hacked emails spur apologies, unease over offhand comments 
E&E News
October 18, 2016

World reaches deal on climate-warming coolants (Subscriber access only)
E&E News
October 17, 2016

The world just took another huge step forward on fighting climate change
The Washington Post
October 15, 2016

Deal expected on phasing out ‘disastrous’ greenhouse gases
BBC
October 14, 2016

Global deal to phase out HFCs inches closer (Subscriber access only)
Financial Times
October 14, 2016

Developing nations split over how fast to curb superpollutants (Subscriber access only)
E&E News
October 14, 2016

Government orders companies to “urgently and immediately” destroy HFC-23
The Economic Times
October 13, 2016

Appearance in POLITICO’s Morning Energy digest
October 12, 2016

Developing nations are spending today in Kigali, Rwanda, trying to mend a split over the best way to curb emissions of hydrofluorocarbons, a potent greenhouse gas. Negotiators are seeking to broaden the Montreal Protocol to regulate HFCs in an effort to hold back global warming by as much as 0.5 degree Celsius…

In particular, China, Brazil, and other large developing countries are willing to set the date before 2025, but India and the Gulf States are looking for a date in the back half of that decade. Former Clinton White House climate official Paul Bledsoe, who is also in Kigali, said the Gulf States are trying to slow negotiations with procedural ploys.

Appearance in POLITICO’s Morning Energy digest
October 11, 2016

International ministers and diplomats are today holding the first official meeting of a week-long negotiation in Kigali, Rwanda, to work out how to reduce the use of hydrofluorocarbons, a coolant whose emissions have more heat-trapping power than carbon dioxide. The goal is to agree by the end of the week (the heavy hitters, like Secretary of State John Kerry and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, don’t come to town until Thursday) on an amendment to the Montreal Protocol, originally created in 1987 to reduce pollutants damaging the ozone layer…

The negotiations will likely follow a script familiar to anyone who has tracked international climate negotiations recently: Developing nations are looking to rich nations to make more aggressive cutbacks and to pick up some of the cost of the transition without damaging the potential growth of refrigeration and air conditioning in their countries. But the developing nations may be splitting into two groups, one with greater ambitions for deeper cutbacks, and another with more conservative ambitions, said Paul Bledsoe, a former Clinton White House climate adviser who is in Kigali this week. Whether the two groups split officially remains uncertain, he said, as the present structure has been effective in curtailing multiple environmentally damaging chemicals over the decades.

The deal is a go. Now what? (Subscriber access only)
E&E News
October 5, 2016

The Paris climate agreement is entering into force. Now comes the really hard part.
The Washington Post
October 4, 2016

Appearance in POLITICO’s Morning Energy digest
October 4, 2016

The forecast isn’t clear on whether climate change will come up during tonight’s vice-presidential debate between Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence — but, like weather reports, one never truly knows. “I suspect that Kaine may bring it up, as it’s clearly another weak link for Trump and Pence,” Paul Bledsoe, a Bill Clinton-era White House climate aide who now runs a strategy firm, tells me. Hillary Clinton’s camp sees the topic as a key wedge issue in the campaign’s final weeks, and Trump’s denial of his past climate denialism resulted in the most-shared moment from last week’s debate. Also ahead of the debate, the League of Conservation Voters released a memo detailing the “extreme” administration Donald Trump would assemble for the environment.

Appearance in POLITICO’s Morning Energy digest
September 26, 2016

Backers of the president’s executive actions argue the cake is already baked and that, regardless of the Clean Power Plan’s ultimate fate, utilities recognize they will eventually have to limit their carbon emissions. “Obama’s most important climate legacy has been making clear that carbon emissions will be constrained in the U.S. and globally, whatever the ultimate policy lever,” said Paul Bledsoe, a Bill Clinton-era White House climate aide who now runs a strategy firm. “And that’s more important than any specific policy, even the Clean Power Plan.”

Paul Bledsoe on UN’s actions against climate change
CCTV America
September 23, 2016

Climate leaders remain sanguine on Trump but rush to ratify (Subscriber access only)
E&E News
September 22, 2016

As race tightens, Clinton might turn to climate (Subscriber access only)
E&E News
September 20, 2016

Obama eyes big finish on climate
The Hill
September 10, 2016

Discussion of U.S. and China Approving Paris Agreement on Climate Change 
BBC Newshour
September 3, 2016

EU a potential stumbling block for Paris climate change deal (Subscriber access only)
Financial Times
September 2, 2016

Paris Agreement: U.S. and China set to join pact this weekend (Subscriber access only)
E&E News
September 1, 2016

Sources: Obama, China aim to formally join Paris climate pact ahead of G-20
POLITICO
August 31, 2016

Enviros, industry applaud new truck emissions standards (Subscriber access only)
E&E News
August 17, 2016

Clinton accepts nomination, declares ‘I believe in science’ (Subscriber access only)
E&E News
July 29, 2016

In Paris redux, India seen as stumbling block to climate deal (Subscriber access only)
E&E News
July 25, 2016

Deal on cutting HFC greenhouse gases in sight for 2016 – Vienna delegates
Reuters
July 24, 2016

Obama administration kicks into high gear on HFC amendment (Subscriber access only)
E&E News
July 19, 2016

This could do more to save the planet this year than any other action
The Washington Post
July 18, 2016

McConnell backs Dems’ CCS bill (Subscriber access only)
E&E News
July 15, 2016

Appearance in POLITICO’s Morning Energy digest
July 15, 2016

With the prospect of preventing a half-degree Celsius of global warming hanging over their heads, international diplomats will meet in Vienna for 10 days for the latest round of negotiations toward an amendment to the Montreal Protocol to phase down hydrofluorocarbons. HFCs are potent greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming at such a high rate that they threaten to significantly hamper broader efforts to tackle climate change…

Diplomats are expected to negotiate the differing phase-out timetables for rich and poor nations, financial mechanisms to help poor countries implement the agreement and intellectual property issues. “Negotiating a strong HFC phase out amendment is crucial to fast, effective climate protection,” said Paul Bledsoe, a former Bill Clinton White House climate adviser who will be attending the talks in Vienna.

Hillary Clinton could run on strongest climate change platform ever
The Guardian
July 11, 2016

North American Leaders Tackle Climate Change Together
WNYC
June 29, 2016

Three Amigos Summit 2016: 5 Ways To Achieve The North American Clean Energy Agreement
International Business Times
June 29, 2016

White House aligns with Canada, Mexico on emissions plan (Subscriber access only)
E&E News
June 29, 2016

No carbon tax? GOP climate advocates rejoice (Subscriber access only)
E&E News
June 28, 2016

Climate Change High on Agenda as Obama and Trudeau Meet for Summit
The New York Times
June 27, 2016

U.S., Canada and Mexico vow to get half their electricity from clean power by 2025
The Washington Post
June 27, 2016

7 years later, failed Waxman-Markey bill still makes waves
E&E News
June 27, 2016

Brexit Sparks Worry About Fate of Global Climate Action
InsideClimate News
June 24, 2016

U.K. out of E.U.; Cameron steps down; climate ambition in doubt
E&E News
June 24, 2016

Rocky Path Seen for Energy Bill Conference
Bloomberg BNA
June 8, 2016

Clinton claims Democratic nomination, blasts Trump on climate (Subscriber access only)
E&E News
June 8, 2016

India to join Paris deal, back HFC phase-down — White House (Subscriber access only)
E&E News
June 7, 2016

Paul Bledsoe on U.S.-China climate change cooperation
CCTV America
June 6, 2016

Trump: I’ll ‘cancel’ Paris, rescind regs, save coal (Subscriber access only)
E&E News
May 27, 2016

Trump promotes fossil fuels and assails pollution rules in energy plan
The Washington Post
May 26, 2016

New Wells Regulated, EPA Eyes Methane From Existing Sources
Bloomberg BNA
May 12, 2016

Why this could finally be the election when climate change matters
The Washington Post
May 9, 2016

Obama energy official leaving a transformed agency 
E&E News
May 3, 2016

Palestine’s role doesn’t affect UNFCCC funds — State Department (Subscriber access only)
E&E News
April 27, 2016

Ban Ki-moon declares climate deal ‘new covenant with the future’ (Subscriber access only)
E&E News
April 22, 2016

Paul Bledsoe on climate deal signing ceremony on Friday
CCTV America
April 21, 2016

How Earth itself has upped the stakes for the Paris climate accord
The Washington Post
April 20, 2016

Appearance in POLITICO’s Morning Energy digest
April 13, 2016

The FAA reauthorization bill looks set to go forward with only FAA tax provisions and none of the renewable energy credits Democrats had hoped for. As Tax Pro’s Brian Faler reports, what seemed like a done deal Monday night to include tax credits for small wind, fuel cells, and some other forms of renewable energy blew up with benefits for beer distillers, Enterprise Rent-a-car and other add-ons that proved to big to swallow for both Democrats and Republicans. “It took on too much,” said Dick Durbin , the chamber’s second-ranking Democrat.

So there’s still a chance then? Sen. Heidi Heitkamp late Tuesday still held out hope for a provision supporting carbon capture credits. “It’s not over until it’s over,” she told ME. “We expect that if a tax package goes that we will, in fact, get carbon capture. I think that hurdle has been crossed, now the question is whether we see any of this in the final bill going forward.”

More than just a chance: Paul Bledsoe, a former staffer of the Senate finance committee and Clinton administration who helped push for the carbon capture language to be included in the FAA bill, suggested the energy tax extenders talks didn’t fall apart because of opposition to any specific resource. Rather, the headwinds of budget politics in an election year were too strong, he said.

“Passage is inevitable” either this year or next, because of the wide bipartisan support the extenders enjoyed, he argued. That goes especially for carbon capture technology. “When you can bring together [Natural Resources Defense Council] and Peabody coal, you pretty much touch both sides of the spectrum,” he said.

Climate Cast: Why isn’t climate change a bigger campaign issue?
Minnesota Public Radio
April 7, 2016

Paul Bledsoe on divestment from fossil fuels
CCTV America
March 29, 2016

Clinton Tries to Stake Out New Turf on Energy Policy
Foreign Policy
March 23, 2016

New climate czar charged with making Paris promises a reality
E&E News
March 22, 2016

Top U.S. negotiator Todd Stern to resign next week (Subscriber access only)
E&E News
March 21, 2016

Appearance in POLITICO’s Morning Energy digest
March 17, 2016

GOP blockade cracking? Eight Republican Senators will meet with Garland, or have indicated a willingness to meet with him, despite weeks of Republican declarations that the Senate wouldn’t give the time of day to any Obama pick. They include Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman Jim Inhofe, along with Sens. Orrin Hatch, Jeff Flake, Kelly Ayotte, Mark Kirk, Susan Collins, and Rob Portman.” Many GOP Senators from blue and purple states are jumping ship from the leaky McConnell blockade because at some point reelection is every man and woman for themselves,” Paul Bledsoe, a former member of the Clinton White House, told me.

Why Obama changed his mind — and won’t allow oil drilling in the Atlantic after all 
Vox
March 15, 2016

Tasking Deese with high court pick could send climate signal 
E&E News
March 2, 2016

Ahead of Super Tuesday, analysts urge Clinton to talk climate (Subscriber access only)
E&E News
March 1, 2016

President Trump Seen as ‘Complete Wild Card’ for Environment
Bloomberg BNA
February 26, 2016

Observers: Without Scalia, Clean Power Plan’s Odds Boosted
Bloomberg BNA
February 17, 2016

Scalia’s death plunges campaigns, climate cases into chaos
E&E News
February 14, 2016

Red Line funding no sure thing for Indianapolis
The Indianapolis Star
February 12, 2016

World reacts to Obama power policy in limbo (Subscriber access only)
E&E News
February 11, 2016

Supreme shock: Has US court holed Paris climate deal? 
BBC
February 10, 2016

Is Obama’s signature climate rule doomed? (Subscriber access only)
E&E News
February 10, 2016

Budget makes climate top priority ‘cover to cover’ (Subscriber access only)
E&E News
February 9, 2016

White House details massive clean-tech spending plan
E&E News
February 8, 2016

White House seeks to double clean energy research funding (Subscriber access only)
E&E News
February 8, 2016

Obama to propose $10-a-barrel oil tax to fund rail and highway projects
The Washington Post
February 4, 2016

Strange bedfellows seek tax fix for sequestration projects
E&E News
February 4, 2016

Obama successor will make or break U.S. Paris pledge (Subscriber access only)
E&E News
January 29, 2016

Diverse cast ready for post-Paris policy clashes (Subscriber access only)
E&E News
January 18, 2016

Climate Deal’s First Big Hurdle: The Draw of Cheap Oil
The New York Times
January 25, 2016

Obama announces moratorium on new federal coal leases
The Washington Post
January 15, 2016

Obama leans forward on climate, calls to revamp coal (Subscriber access only)
E&E News
January 13, 2016

Obama to ‘take a look at the future’ in final address
E&E News
January 11, 2016

How Clinton and Blair Talked about Global Warming
Scientific American
January 11, 2016

House GOP still determined to combat Obama agenda (Subscriber access only)
E&E News
January 7, 2016