Biography

William Becker is executive director of the Presidential Climate Action Project. PCAP has created a comprehensive plan for the Obama administration to shape U.S. energy and climate policy. Becker also directs the Future We Want, which uses cutting-edge communication technologies to help the American people envision life in a sustainable, low-carbon society. He is the former central regional director for the U.S. Department of Energy.

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Since international negotiations on global climate change began, it has been evident that the two countries most responsible for greenhouse gas emissions today—the United States and China—could lead the world on the issue if only they could agree with one another. They haven’t gotten there yet, but they took a meaningful step on Saturday …

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In hearing rooms, hallways, and conferences where the world’s policymakers are wrestling with the big issues of our day, something important is missing. Vision. By vision, I don’t mean those forward-looking policy papers that tell us how we might shape the future with a global Green New Deal, or the Millennium Development Goals, or a […]

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Deep inside the Pentagon and the secret world of the intelligence community, a radical idea is emerging about national security. It can be summarized this way: The best war is no war. The best weapons are plowshares. The world cannot be secure without sustainable societies and strong communities. This idea—that our security depends on building …

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At a time when we need visionary leaders more than ever, the loss of Ray Anderson last August was a body blow. Awakened years ago by an epiphany about the damage his carpet industry was doing to the environment, Ray dedicated the latter part of his life to proving that an international corporation could thrive […]

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Even without a climate bill from Congress this year, the United States can be a leader in slowing and reversing global climate change. That’s the conclusion of the Presidential Climate Action Project (PCAP) in its latest recommendations to the Obama administration. In August, PCAP sent the White House a five-step plan for presidential climate …

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