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.
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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.