All posts by kc golden
KC shapes policy and communication strategies, with the goal of changing what's "possible" so we can do what's necessary. "Cynicism," he insists, "is capitulation."
He has served as a special assistant to the Mayor of Seattle for clean energy and climate protection initiatives and as an Assistant Director in Washington's Department of Community, Trade, and Economic Development, where he directed the state's Energy Policy Office. From 1989 to 1994, he was Executive Director of the Northwest Energy Coalition, a regional alliance working for a clean, affordable energy future.
KC is a leader in the national climate movement, serving on the boards of 350.org (where he is Interim Board Chair) and the US Climate Action Network. He has also been active in the utility industry, helping Seattle City Light become the first major carbon-free electric utility in the late 1990s, and as a Governor's representative to the Executive Board of Energy Northwest, a regional public power consortium.
KC was one of Seattle Magazine's "Power 25" most influential people, and its #1 "Eco-Hero." In 2012, he received the Heinz Award for Public Policy for his lifetime achievement as a climate advocate and policy architect.
KC earned his Bachelor's Degree at the University of California, Berkeley, and was a Kennedy Fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, where he received a Master's in Public Policy. He retired from Climate Solutions' staff at the end of 2018.
By: KC Golden on November 12, 2018
Big oil bought a win in Washington's election. But they're now basically alone in propping up a failing system; that's just one of the fundamental weaknesses that will ultimately bring Oil down.
By: KC Golden on August 10, 2018
30 years ago, it would have been much easier to tackle the causes of climate disruption. That was then. 30 years from now, they might remember the fiery September of 2018 as the turning point toward solutions, when leaders confronted the challenge head-on at a historic summit in California. Or they might be in hell, wondering why we blew it.
By: KC Golden on April 9, 2018
Scott Pruitt is hastily trying to scuttle one of EPA’s signature achievements of the last decade: stronger vehicle emissions and fuel economy standards. But he’s swimming against the tide of economics, technology, and overwhelming public support. And the state governments that won these standards aren’t going to give them up.
By: KC Golden on February 2, 2018
The impacts of fossil fuels are not just environmentally catastrophic, they’re deeply inequitable. Those who do the least to cause climate disruption are hit hardest by it. To break free from fossil fuels, we need strategies that deliver effective, affordable solutions and economic opportunity for all.
By: KC Golden on January 24, 2018
Washington has the chance this year to take a major step away from our fossil-fueled past (and the engine driving climate change), into a clean energy future. KC Golden suggests that we keep our eyes on the prize.
By: KC Golden on November 1, 2017
Let’s get real, baseball fans. We need a serious federal commitment to short-term and long-term recovery.