About the Climate Leadership Council
Despite mounting risks from climate change and growing international calls for action, leading nations have yet to settle on a winning or coherent strategy capable of reducing greenhouse gas emissions at the necessary scale or speed. Economists agree that taxing carbon is the most effective means to lower emissions, but advocates lack a successful policy and political formula to advance carbon taxes.
The best solution is to return the income from a nation’s carbon taxes directly to its citizens through dividends. This would simultaneously discourage carbon emissions, reward good behavior, and build popular support for a gradually increasing carbon tax. As detailed in our materials, a carbon dividends plan is the most effective, popular and equitable way to reduce emissions, and is uniquely suited to our current political moment.
The Climate Leadership Council is an international research and advocacy organization whose mission is to convene global opinion leaders around new climate solutions based on carbon dividends, adapted to each of the largest greenhouse gas emitting regions. Currently active in Washington and London, the Council will expand to Berlin, Beijing and New Delhi next.
Founder & CEO
Ted Halstead — founder, President and CEO of the Climate Leadership Council — is a social entrepreneur, author and frequent public speaker. Previously, he founded New America, a leading centrist think tank based in Washington, D.C., where he served as founding President and CEO from 1999 to 2007, and continues to serve on the Board of Directors.
At the age of 25, Halstead founded and directed Redefining Progress, an environmental economics think tank that organized the 1997 Economists’ Statement on Climate Change. It includes 18 Nobel laureates as signatories, and remains the largest public statement in the history of the economics profession.
He is co-author with Michael Lind of The Radical Center: The Future of American Politics (Doubleday, 2001), and editor of The Real State of the Union (Basic Books, 2004). He was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in Switzerland.
Mr. Halstead is a frequent public speaker and media commentator, having appeared as a guest on Nightline, ABC’s World News Tonight, CNN, CNBC, C-SPAN, and PBS. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Financial Times, the Atlantic, Los Angeles Times, and the Harvard Business Review.
Halstead graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College, and received his Master’s degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where he was a Montgomery Fellow.