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Confronting the Climate Crisis with Clean Energy Policy:  A Look at the Federal, State, and Local Level
(90-minute webinar)

Join Dr. Robert J. Klee as he explores the role of clean energy policy in confronting the climate crisis. Dr. Klee will take the audience on a tour of U.S. energy policy from the early days of fossil fuel discovery, through the New Deal, into the oil shocks and environmentalism of the 1970s, to the renewables revolution of today.  Dr. Klee has a particular interest in the role of sub-national actors – regions, states, cities, and institutions -- in addressing climate change.  He will present examples of how these sub-national actors have innovated in the clean energy policy space, deployed clean energy at scale, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. He will discuss how these sub-national policy innovations may influence federal climate and clean energy policy. Dr. Klee will also explore the important role of financing and funding clean energy deployment in addressing climate change, and will introduce webinar participants to Yale’s Certificate Program in Financing and Deploying Clean Energy, sponsored by the Center for Business and Environment at Yale.”

Nov 10, 2021 04:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Robert Klee ’04 J.D., ’05 Ph.D.
Former Commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) @Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP)
Robert Klee is a Lecturer at the Yale School of the Environment and the Yale Law School. He teaches courses on energy and environmental law and policy, with a focus on the role of sub-national actors (states, cities, companies, and institutions). Outside Yale, Rob is Principal of Klee Sustainability Advisors LLC, a consulting firm that advises clients on the strategic, legal, and regulatory issues surrounding clean energy deployment and sustainable materials management. Prior to Yale, he was Commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, a lawyer in private practice, and a law clerk for two federal judges. Rob holds a Ph.D. degree from Yale’s School of the Environment in industrial ecology, a law degree from Yale, and an undergraduate degree from Princeton in geology and environmental science. Rob, his wife, and two sons live in Woodbridge, Connecticut, where he is the chair of the town’s plan and zoning commission.