David Weiskopf


I work at the intersection of law, climate, and technical policy to develop positive approaches to a carbon-free electrical system in America. Having grown up in the Midwest, I’ve witnessed first-hand the effects climate change – I could only live through so many “100-year” floods and record-breaking heat waves before the urgency of our climate crisis becomes clear. There are a lot of ways a person can do their part in the fight for a livable and prosperous climate, but for me, it meant earning a JD and an MS in Environmental Science from Stanford University (to complement my MA in Philosophy from the Catholic University of America and BA from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico) so that I could bring an interdisciplinary perspective to my advocacy on the most pressing problem of our day.

Fun Fact: When I’m not buried in a legal document or spreadsheet, you can usually find me searching for starfish and sea urchins in the tide pools on California’s Slow Coast.

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January 16, 2018 Categories: California Clean Energy Climate Change

Investing in a Balanced Climate Policy Portfolio

by David Weiskopf

This blog is part 3 of a series on California’s climate policies to meet its 2030 pollution reduction target and beyond. Read part…

January 11, 2017 Categories: Climate Change Fossil Fuels

Enough Already: A Roadmap For Reforming the Federal Coal Program

by David Weiskopf

In one of the final moves by the Obama Administration, the Department of Interior has released its scoping plan for a programmatic…

July 14, 2016 Categories: EPA Rule Fossil Fuels

Our Air: The Health and Equity Impacts of Burning Coal and Natural Gas in Pennsylvania and Ohio

by David Weiskopf

NextGen Climate America, in partnership with PSE Healthy Energy, is proud to announce the release of “Our Air.” These reports examine the health and equity impacts of fossil…

March 16, 2016 Categories: Fossil Fuels

Too Big to Fail: Coal Edition

by David Weiskopf

Introduction: Big Coal Is Going Bankrupt—And Wants Taxpayers To Clean Up The Mess The coal industry is in structural decline. As the…

December 08, 2015 Categories: Clean Energy Climate Change EPA Rule


by David Weiskopf

As world leaders gather this week in Paris to discuss climate solutions on a global scale, it’s important to remember the clean energy opportunities we have right here at…

July 30, 2015 Categories: Clean Energy Climate Change EPA Rule

Clean Power Plan Resource Roundup

by David Weiskopf

Right now, power plants operate under federal limits on arsenic, mercury and soot they can release. But there are no federal rules restricting dangerous carbon pollution. That’s not safe. It’s…

July 23, 2015 Categories: Clean Energy Climate Change EPA Rule

The Clean Power Plan Will Create Jobs and Cut Electricity Bills

by David Weiskopf

Despite the constant repetition of doom and gloom from the usual cast of characters seeking to protect polluter profits at the expense of our health, our kids, and our planet,…

July 09, 2015 Categories: Clean Energy Climate Change

To Keep it in the Ground, Keep it off the Boats

by David Weiskopf

This post was co-authored by David Weiskopf and Michelle Levinson In a recent post, we explained how coal’s toxic business model is in the…

June 22, 2015 Categories: Clean Energy Climate Change EPA Rule


by David Weiskopf

Many of us recently read with great dismay that the Bureau of Land Management has issued a Resource Management Plan that could potentially allow polluters to burn…

May 21, 2015 Categories: Clean Energy Climate Change EPA Rule


by David Weiskopf

In a previous post, I described how the Clean Power Plan can help make the electricity grid stronger, smarter, and more resilient. Now the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC),…