Full Title: Saying the Quiet Part Out Loud: Quiet Climate Policy in a Post-COVID World
Author(s): Dan Blaustein-Rejto, Kenton de Kirby, Caroline Grunewald, Zeke Hausfather, Jameson McBride, Ted Nordhaus, Erik Olson, Saloni Shah, Alex Smith, Alex Trembath, Seaver Wang
Publisher(s): The Breakthrough Institute
Publication Date: January 28, 2021
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The policy recommendations in this report are the summation of the Breakthrough Institute’s COVID-19 recovery and stimulus proposals released over the course of 2020. In late December 2020, Congress passed, and President Trump signed, the $1.4 trillion fiscal 2021 appropriations bill — which earmarked substantial funding for clean energy R&D, advancing many of the goals, if not always the specifics, of Breakthrough’s recommendations. This bill’s passage during a moment of historic partisan conflict is a potent signal of the virtue of quiet climate policy — its potential to simultaneously reduce the political polarization of climate change and advance the most important means of addressing it. The recommendations in this report offer abundant opportunities for quiet climate policy in the coming years.