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The world Resources Institute, hosted democratic congresswoman Kathy castor and former Republican congressman Carlos Cabello last week to talk about climate change and the work of the house select committee on the climate crisis. Which congresswoman caster chairs this runs almost And thank you for attending to form on re-energizing climate action on Capitol Hill. By the way, if you were looking for a discussion on clinical symptoms of psychological disorders, you're in the wrong room. Or maybe not my name is Dan Lashof. I am the director for world Resources Institute. I'm just going to give a few minutes of introduction. And framing remarks to today's discussion before turning the stage over to Amy harder of axios who will be interviewing Kathy castor chair of the house select committee on the climate crisis followed by a discussion with Carlos Quebec who founded the bipartisan climate solutions caucus and last year was the first Republican in a decade to introduce a Bill to seriously tack climate change after these opening conversations, we will turn to a panel discussion focusing on what it will take to decarbonised the power sector. A thank chair caster represented CRA Bello and our panel for joining us today. Really appreciate it. We do plan to have some additional four. In the future that will touch on additional topics such as transportation infrastructure and managing the transition for workers and communities will plan to bring in additional perspectives as we do that. So stay tuned for future announcements for those of you who are not familiar with world Resources Institute. We are a nonpartisan global policy research and innovation institute on a mission to foster change that protects earth environment and its capacity to provide for the needs an aspirin. Of current and future generations, we work on seven global challenges all of which link back directly or indirectly to the topic. We're here to discuss today. Our approach is grounded in science and data. Counted we help policymakers from all parties develop an implement innovative solutions, and communicate ideas are ideas to decision makers, and the public change it, and we leverage partnerships to spread approaches that work scale it in the United States w is particularly focused on making progress against climate change by working with business, cities states and the federal government and encouraging them to act at all these levels in ways that support and complement each other. Here inside the beltway. It's sometimes easy to forget the critical role played by these subnational actors, but an analysis done by WRI last year for America's pledge shows that implementing their commitments would lead to about a seventeen percent reduction in US emissions by twenty twenty five with no further action from Washington with deeper and broader commitments we could see reductions of as much as twenty four percent, which is within striking distance of the pledge the United States made as part of the Paris agreement. And in some good news in recent months. We have seen in fact, exciting developments at the subnational level, a growing number of states have set ambitious clean electricity targets such as fifty percent by twenty thirty or one hundred percent by twenty fifty or even earlier carbon pricing is expanding to more states and more sectors and states cooperating more intensively through the US climate alliance which has grown to over twenty three governors who are committed to the goals of the Paris agreement. They now represent about fifty percent of the US population. And more than sixty percent of our GDP. At the federal level climate change has reemerged as a top priority on Capitol Hill, and the conversation has matured from whether to take action to how the emergence of the green new deal has inspired unprecedented activism. And sparked a lively debate about the future of climate action in congress in the context of economic and social equity. In addition to the broad goals and principles enunciated in a green new deal resolution. We're also seeing more and more concrete legislative proposals. Including two carbon pricing bills. Sponsored by Representative Cabello and. We'll hear from shortly as well as his fellow Florida Republican Francis. Rooney Representative caster has as the primary sponsor of HR nine which focuses on keeping the United States in the Paris agreement and meeting our commitments and holding other countries accountable on the Senate side Lamar Alexander has proposed a new Manhattan project. Focus on energy are in D And Senator Smith plans to introduce an ambitious clean energy standard Bill shortly. We've also seen Kevin dividend proposal and discussion of a trillion dollar climate smart infrastructure plan for fighting on all this activity. Representative Paul Tonko recently said let thousands climate proposals bloom and that really captures where we are. Right now. There is a hunger for solutions to the climate crisis and how to realize them, and that's why we're here to talk about today. So again, thanks for coming. There are few more seats here in the middle of people want to slide in now, we do want to keep today's conversation interactive. So while we don't want you to check Email on your phones, we do want you to take them out now and take part in a quick poll on his platform, slide out or slide. Doe. We're also be using this this platform for asking questions to the panelists. So if you go to slide Donau or slide, oh dot com and type in Ben code three fifty. We're going to have this poll. And so here's the question by wind should the United States aim to achieve a zero carbon electronics sector. You'll see options for your answers there. And the results are coming in. I don't know if I can see how many people have replied give people a minute to get there. Dan Lashof with the world Resources Institute this program took place, Monday, April ninth. Scratch that it's Monday, April eighth..