The Niskanen Center is a libertarian think tank established in 2014 that works to change public policy. With support from Hewlett, the Center’s Energy and Climate program works to educate decision makers about climate change and climate solutions that can help avoid the worst impacts of a warming world, including those that facilitate the use of low-carbon energy and promote carbon pricing.
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for research on clean infrastructure, industrial finance, and the Struggling Regions Initiative
This grant will support the Niskanen Center in its efforts to promote the ambitious use of industrial and energy-transmission policies to accelerate decarbonization and develop the economies of struggling regions in the U.S. The Niskanen Center is a Washington, D.C.-based think tank founded in 2015 by former libertarians who were interested in developing a center-right alternative to neoliberalism and promoting an open society to counter right-wing populism and its nationalist vision of the country’s future. Two separate Niskanen departments — Climate Policy and Poverty and Welfare Policy — will undertake the proposed work as a joint initiative. Specific research, communications, and policy development efforts will be designed to overcome the substantial coordination and information failures that prevent the economy from decarbonizing and reaching its full potential. Changes to the way the U.S. approaches economic development and energy transmission will be developed, with an emphasis on providing benefits to the country’s struggling regions. In this way, Niskanen aims to address regional inequalities, while building support and reducing political resistance to decarbonization. (Substrategy: U.S. National Policy).
for climate policy and the Struggling Regions Initiative
This grant supports a program at the Niskanen Center to promote the ambitious use of industrial policy to accelerate decarbonization through a joint initiative between Niskanen’s Climate Policy department and Poverty and Welfare Policy department’s Struggling Regions Initiative. This work will be part of Niskanen’s broader promotion of ambitious climate action. Niskanen’s staff will develop an institutional framework for implementing green industrial policies in the U.S. that can spur economic development, foster innovation in industries critical for decarbonization, streamline processes for agency decision making, improve targeting and monitoring, and develop and maintain skilled labor pools. (Substrategy: U.S. National Policy)