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ELI LEHRER: CLIMATE CHANGE REAL? ASK THE GUYS WHO COULD LOSE BILLIONS

The Climate 25: Eli Lehrer from Weather Films on Vimeo. “THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY VALIDATES THAT CLIMATE CHANGE IS REAL AND A PROBLEM.” Eli Lehrer is the president and co-founder of the R Street Institute, a free-market think tank working to “promote free markets and limited, effective government.” He is also a believer in climate change. The reason is simple: Insurance companies believe that climate change is real. “This,” says Lehrer, “is the free-market’s validation that climate change is real and a problem.” Prior to co-founding the R Street Institute in 2012, Lehrer was the vice-president of the Heartland Institute, a free market think tank, and was involved in founding SmarterSafer.org, “a coalition of environmental, taxpayer, housing and insurance groups working to promote risk-based insurance rates, mitigation and environmental protection.” He was also a speechwriter for U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist from Tennessee. As an expert on emergency management and insurance, Lehrer has authored several academic book chapters and his work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, National Review and other publications. He was also senior editor of The American Enterprise magazine and a fellow of the Heritage...

SHERRI GOODMAN: CLIMATE CHANGE IS A THREAT MULTIPLIER

The Climate 25: Sherri Goodman from Weather Films on Vimeo. “SOMETHING IS GOING TO HAPPEN IN THE FUTURE YEARS, AND WE’RE NOT GOING TO BE PREPARED.” As Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Environmental Security, a role she held from 1993 to 2001, she was responsible for environment, safety and occupational health for the nation’s largest industrial organization, the Department of Defense.  During her tenure, the Department of Defense went from being an environmental laggard to being an environmental and clean energy leader. In February, Goodman became the Chief Executive Officer and President of The Consortium for Ocean Leadership, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, whose members are the 100 leading ocean research education institutions, aquaria and industry, with the mission to shape the future of ocean science, technology and policy. From 2001-2015, Ms. Goodman served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of CNA, a non-profit research organization that provides analyses and solutions for national security leaders and public sector organizations.  She is also the founder and Executive Director of the CNA Military Advisory Board, whose landmark reports include National Security and the Threat of Climate Change (2007), and National Security and the Accelerating Risks of Climate Change (2014), among others. She holds both a law degree and a master’s in public policy from...

BOB INGLIS: THE REPUBLICAN ORTHODOXY IS CHANGING

The Climate 25: Bob Inglis from Weather Films on Vimeo. “IT WAS A CHALLENGE EXPLAINING WHY CONSERVATIVES WOULD WANT A CARBON TAX.” Former U.S. Congressman Bob Inglis bucked the Republican orthodoxy on climate change when he introduced the Raise Wages Cut Carbon Act in 2010, an attempt to, as he says, “put a price on emissions so that we charge to dump into the trash dump of the sky.” Inglis served as the Representative of the 4th District of South Carolina from 1993 to 1999 and from 2005 to 2011. Inglis has said that his belief in the science behind global warming and the need to take action contributed to his defeat in the 2010 Republican primary in his district. He remains an advocate for a “long-term, stable energy policy” to help the United States “achieve energy security and avoid the unnecessary risks of a changing climate.” He is currently the Executive Director of republicEn.org (powered by the nonprofit, educational organization the Energy and Enterprise Initiative), a community of energy optimists and climate realists changing the conversation nationwide about climate change, while focused on free-enterprise solutions. In between his years as an elected official, Inglis practiced commercial real estate law in Greenville, South Carolina. Inglis is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Virginia School of...

REAR ADM. DAVID TITLEY (RET.): THE NATION’S DEFENSE IS AT STAKE

The Climate 25: David Titley from Weather Films on Vimeo. “I DON’T BELIEVE IN CLIMATE CHANGE. I’M CONVINCED BY THE EVIDENCE.” Retired Rear Adm. David Titley says, very straightforwardly, that we need to worry about climate change, “because literally the nation’s defense is at stake.” Titley became oceanographer and navigator of the Navy and director of Task Force Climate Change in 2009. Titley was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Commissioning Program in 1980 and served more than 10 years at sea. He is the founding director of the Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk at Penn State University, and speaks frequently on the importance of climate change in relation to national security. Titley received his Master of Science degree in meteorology and physical oceanography and doctorate in meteorology from the Naval Postgraduate...

WILLIAM K. REILLY: BUSH’S EPA CHIEF’S SURPRISING VIEW ON CLIMATE CHANGE

The Climate 25: William K. Reilly from Weather Films on Vimeo. “IT’S ALWAYS BEEN A MYSTERY HOW CLIMATE BECAME SUCH A CONTROVERSIAL QUESTION.” “I really have to question,” says William K. Reilly, “how a candidate for national office now, can deny that the climate is changing…and still be taken seriously.” Reilly, who served as EPA Administrator under George H.W. Bush, sees hope, though, in potentially unlikely places. He believes there are examples to draw from the history of the Republican Party, such as President Nixon’s creation of the EPA, and in it’s future, where younger generations are more apt to accept the reality of climate change. Before that, Reilly was head of World Wildlife Fund and the The Conservation Foundation which had merged in 1985. More recently, he was appointed by President Obama as co-chair the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. He is currently a Senior Advisor to TPG Capital, LP, “an international investment...

URSULA RAKOVA: OUR ISLANDS ARE DISAPPEARING

The Climate 25: Ursala Rakova from Weather Films on Vimeo. “BY 2020 OR BY 2040, SCIENTISTS SAY VIRTUALLY ALL THE ISLANDS WILL BE GONE.” “It does not only affect my people,” says Ursula Rakova, “It affects everyone.” But Rakova’s people have been affected, and she has taken the lead in helping them deal with the changes climate change is wreaking on the small atolls of Papua New Guinea. As the Executive Direct of Tulele Peisa — an organization that aims to facilitate relocation and resettlement of the Tulun/Carterets Atoll community who are facing threats from climate change — Rakova has become a pioneer in the environmental movement in Papua New Guinea. She is responsible for organizing people on the eroding Carterets Islands and moving them to the mainland of Bougainville Province, where they must start new lives. Rakova is the founder of Bougainville Cocoa Net Limited. The company was created to provide a means for relocated people to earn an income, many of whom will eventually resettle near cocoa farms. In 2008, Ursula received the Pride of PNG award for her contribution to the environment. The award was given out to “heroes who contributed to the development of Papua New...

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