Tate Williams

Browsing the "climate change" Tag


The Promise and Limits of Cities and Billionaires in Trump’s America

There’s a certain amount of comfort to be taken from living in an American city during the Trump era—that is, if you’re not thrilled with where the nation at large has lately been headed. I suspect a lot of people [...]

September 22, 2017 Science & Environment

It’s Time for Funders to Bankroll Climate Movement Building

The response to Donald Trump’s announcement that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Agreement was swift and encouraging. Hundreds of mayors, at least 10 states, and scores of businesses and universities issued statements or signed pledges to continue progress [...]

September 22, 2017 Science & Environment

A Funding Effort to Build a Stronger, More Diverse Climate Movement

Getting the United States to take meaningful action on climate change means building a lot more power, starting in communities where people are most vulnerable, and then building local momentum into state and national solutions. That’s the philosophy of Roger [...]

September 22, 2017 Science & Environment

The Troubling Oil Money Behind Dartmouth’s New Energy Institute

To create a new institute focused on society’s pressing energy problems, Dartmouth has accepted $80 million from a powerful oil family surrounded by controversy. Such a gift seriously undermines the credibility of such an institute. [...]

September 23, 2016 Science & Environment

Can Philanthropy Spur the Massive Climate Finance the Developing World Needs?

There’s perhaps no bigger climate-related challenge than the trillions in clean energy and sustainability investments needed in developing countries. How can private philanthropy possibly make a dent? [...]

June 10, 2016 Science & Environment

Tom Steyer’s Climate Fight Marches On, But Will Young People Follow?

Tom Steyer is in the climate fight for the long haul. His NextGen Climate is emphasizing people power in 2016, raising the question—will young people rally behind a billionaire donor? [...]

April 28, 2016 Science & Environment

After Paris Climate Summit, it’s Time for the Wealthy to Step Up

Climate negotiations wrapping up this week in Paris mark an unprecedented moment of global action and momentum on climate change. They also reveal our utter, collective failure on the issue. That combination only reaffirms that now is the time for [...]

December 10, 2015 Science & Environment
People's Climate March New York

Sorry Bill Gates, But Billions for Energy Research Is Not How to Win the Climate Battle

Originally published in Inside Philanthropy, December 4, 2015. [...]

December 4, 2015 Science & Environment

A Pitch to Billionaire Climate Donors: You Made the Pledge; Let’s Get To It

Originally published in Inside Philanthropy on October 12, 2015. [...]

October 12, 2015 Science & Environment

Where the Hell Is All the Climate Funding?

Originally published April 22, 2015 on Inside Philanthropy. A growing mountain of research suggests that climate change is likely to aggravate every problem now confronting humanity: hunger, gender inequality, ethnic conflict, unemployment—you name it. So you’d think, by now, that this [...]

April 22, 2015 Science & Environment