Paul Bledsoe is president of Bledsoe & Associates, LLC, a strategic public policy firm specializing in national and global communications on tax policy, energy, natural resources, and climate change, among other issues. Bledsoe was senior advisor to the Bipartisan Policy Center and, from 2002-10, he was director of strategy and communications for the National Commission on Energy Policy. From 2009-12, he was senior communications strategist and spokesperson for the American Energy Innovation Council. Bledsoe was also senior policy advisor on the staff of the Presidential National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Off-Shore Drilling, from its inception in June 2010 to completion of its work in March 2011.
Bledsoe served as director of communications of the White House Climate Change Task Force under President Clinton from 1998 to 2000, and from 1995-98 was special assistant to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt. Bledsoe was communications director of the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance under the chairmanship of Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan from 1993-95. Previously, he was press secretary and legislative assistant to several members of the U.S. House of Representatives.
He was a fellow at Oxford University’s Centre for the Environment from 2003-05 and has been featured in leading print outlets in the United States and Europe and on many television and radio programs, including the CNN, MSNBC, BBC World Service Television and Radio, PBS, FOX, and NPR. He holds a bachelor's with honors and a master's from Ohio State University.
Five Myths About Gas TaxesDecember 19, 2014
A dramatic 40 percent drop in oil prices since June has prompted new discussion about raising the long-static federal gasoline tax and has many states considering gas tax hikes as well.The Climate Race: Lima to Paris and beyondDecember 18, 2014
Reflecting on the relatively weak climate text acceded to by 196 nations here Sunday, which in fairness is intended merely to set the stage for a broader agreement in Paris next December, one is reminded of the familiar tableau at the beginning of a marathon, where hundreds of runners line up to start, but the fastest are placed at the front.A Breakthrough In The Fight Against Climate ChangeNovember 19, 2014
The US and China surprised the world last week with an outline agreement in which both countries agreed to limit emissions of greenhouse gasesU.S.-China environmental agreementNovember 14, 2014
CNN talks to Paul Bledsoe of the German Marshall Fund about the U.S.-China greenhouse gas emissions agreement.America’s Foreign Policy “Values” DilemmaSeptember 09, 2014
The ongoing security and foreign-policy challenges in Syria, Iraq, Gaza and Ukraine have prompted predictable criticism of President Obama as insufficiently muscular in his conception of U.S. military responsibilities, and more broadly lacking a vision or rationale for American foreign policy.Ambitious U.S. emissions pledge can lead to Global Climate AgreementJuly 16, 2014
The Obama administration’s recent policies to combat climate change, including draft EPA regulations to limit emissions from existing power plants released last month, have put the United States in its strongest-ever domestic position on the issue.Obama Will Approve Keystone, for Hillary’s Sake | CommentaryMay 29, 2014
The failure of the Senate earlier this month to consider an energy bill likely puts to rest, at least for this year, the prospect of Congressional action mandating approval the Keystone XL pipeline. Effective Climate Agreements: Past, Present and FutureApril 15, 2014
After seven years of work, the world’s leading climate scientists who make up the International Panel on Climate Change issued their gravest assessment yet last month. Put Energy at Top of Obama’s Europe AgendaMarch 26, 2014
Europe’s dependence on Russian natural gas is one of Putin’s main points of leverage over Europe as Western leaders consider economic and diplomatic sanctions.To blunt Russia, time for American natural gas diplomacyMarch 05, 2014
The American natural gas revolution has boosted economic competitiveness, and helped reduce U.S. carbon emissions to their lowest levels in 20 years. New Climate RealismNovember 08, 2013
Many climate experts in the U.S. have written off the UN process after years of dysfunction and limited results. But there is now a glimmer of hope that for the first time an agreement can be reached by 2015 in which all major economies reduce or slow their greenhouse emissions. Climate Policy’s Twin ChallengesAugust 16, 2013
Climate change presents two distinct problems. The first is linear: A little more warming causes a little more damage. The second is nonlinear: A little more warming pushes some part of the climate system past a tipping point and the damage becomes catastrophic.Climate policy’s twin challengesAugust 16, 2013
Climate change presents two distinct problems. The first is linear: A little more warming causes a little more damage. Pollution EconomicsAugust 09, 2013
With more than a million people in China dying prematurely each year from breathing its dirty air, and with warming temperatures portending rising sea levels and disruptions to food production, the centrally planned Communist country is experimenting with a capitalist approach to address the problem: it is creating incentives so that the market — and not the government — will force reductions in emissions.Pollution EconomicsAugust 09, 2013
With more than a million people in China dying prematurely each year from breathing its dirty air, and with warming temperatures portending rising sea levels and disruptions to food production, the centrally planned Communist country is experimenting with a capitalist approach to address the problem: it is creating incentives so that the market — and not the government — will force reductions in emissions.India Can Join the U.S. and China to Cut Super Greenhouse Gases | CommentaryJune 20, 2013
India has an opportunity to join the other leaders to secure the most immediate and significant climate protection available to the world through 2020.A Climate Victory Waiting for Presidents Obama and XiJune 07, 2013
How should President Obama and President Xi approach the pressing problem of climate change when they meet this week for talks at Rancho Mirage?