ADVISORY: In lead-up to Climate Week, Inslee convenes panel of leading climate scientists and policy experts

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September 14, 2023
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ADVISORY: In lead-up to Climate Week, Inslee convenes panel of leading climate scientists and policy experts

Leading up to Climate Week NYC 2023, Gov. Jay Inslee will host a virtual panel discussion with leading scientists and fossil fuel industry experts. They will discuss the growing urgency of climate action and the intense political barriers fossil fuel interests are using to weaken or repeal policies across the country. This includes efforts in Washington state to weaken the newly-implemented Climate Commitment Act that established the state’s cap-and-invest program.

Panelists representing global and local perspectives include:

  • Dr. Krishna AchutaRao, dean and professor at the Center for Atmospheric Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, and lead author of the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report
  • Dr. Lisa Graumlich, professor in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences and dean emerita at University of Washington’s College of the Environment, president of the American Geophysical Union
  • Dr. Leah Stokes, fellow at the Harvard Radcliffe Institute, professor of environmental politics at University of California, Santa Barbara and award-winning expert on the role of utilities and other fossil fuel entities that promote climate denial and oppose clean energy laws
  • Leah Missik, senior policy manager for Climate Solutions and expert in Washington state climate policy who has researched fossil fuel industry spending aimed at weakening Washington state policies

Credentialed media who would like information to join virtually for Q&A, please RSVP with  We will send reporters a Zoom link to join the Q&A portion of the discussion after you RSVP. 

Please include your name and news organization in your RSVP.

  • Friday, September 15, at 1:15 PM
  • Location: Panel discussion via Zoom, hosted from University of Washington in Seattle

The panel discussion will be livestreamed by TVW.