UofSC faculty experts on Biden's executive actions on climate change

President Joe Biden signed several executive orders this afternoon to tackle climate change and transition to a clean energy economy. The University of South Carolina has a number of faculty members who are available to offer their expertise on these orders and the climate issues they address.

  • To arrange interviews, contact Bryan Gentry, brgentry@sc.edu.


Carol Boggs, a biology and ecology professor, can discuss the effect that federal land conservation could have on biodiversity, wildlife habitat, as well as the effects of requiring science to be included in federal policymaking.

Conor Harrison, a geography professor, studies the transformation of the energy industry. He is available to discuss the rise of renewable power and the role that government policy, investment and other factors play in green energy growth.

John Kupfer, a geography professor, can discuss the impact of conserving federal land and waters. He teaches courses about the management of federal land and on the National Park System, and he conducts research that helps natural resource managers address the impacts that climate change has on fish, wildlife and ecosystems. 

Lori Ziolkowski can speak about the importance of citizen action and what the creation of the Civilian Climate Corps, a proposal from Biden's campaign, will mean at the local level in South Carolina. In addition to teaching courses about climate change and marine science, Ziolkowski is chair of Columbia's Climate Protection Action Committee. The Civilian Climate Corps Initiative will create jobs for Americans to work conserving and restoring public lands and waters, protecting biodiversity, improving access to recreation and addressing the changing climate.

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