Daphne Wysham is an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) where she is the  founder and co-director of the Sustainable Energy and Economy Network (SEEN). She has worked on research and advocacy at the intersection of climate change, human rights, fossil fuels, international finance, carbon markets and sustainable economies since 1996. SEEN’s pathbreaking research has resulted in shifts in public policy and investment at the national and international level.  She is currently working with sustainable businesses, government officials and civil society groups in the Pacific Northwest in transforming the region from a major fossil fuel export economy into a leading clean energy economy.

Wysham has played a leadership role on Capitol Hill, advising the Congressional Progressive Caucus on a progressive agenda for climate change. Her writings, commentary and analysis has appeared in national news publications and on radio and TV, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Grist, The Guardian, The Financial Times, and on Al Jazeera, Democracy Now!, The Real News, MSNBC, BBC, NPR, and Marketplace, among others. From 2003 to May of 2011, she hosted Earthbeat Radio and TV.


The Private Sector’s Murky Role in Climate Finance

The World Won't Wait for the U.S. to Take Climate Action

While Trump puts his fossil fuel interests first, cities, states, and the international community will move towards a clean energy transition, IPS associate fellow Daphne Wysham told the Real News Network.
Coal-burning Power Plant

 This City Just Banned Virtually All New Dirty-Energy Infrastructure

 Portland, Oregon has adopted a first-of-its-kind offensive strategy to prevent new oil, gas, and coal export facilities from being built.

In Bleak Times, This City Is an Example for the World

Portland, Oregon could teach the world a thing or two about climate laws that count.
Greenpeace Shell protest

Coal, Oil, Gas: None Shall Pass

A growing movement across the Pacific Northwest is gumming up the fossil-fuel works.

Climate Action Coalition Celebrates Historic Win in Raising Global Awareness on Urgency of Climate Crisis in #ShellNO Action in Portland

In record heat, members and organizers with the Climate Action Coalition in Portland, OR, together with Greenpeace activists made history on Thursday when they forced the MSV Fennica, the Arctic icebreaker, to stand down, delaying its departure by approximately 40 hours.
Keystone Pipeline

A Dirty Link Between the Senate and the Keystone Vote

Senators who voted in favor of the Keystone XL Pipeline accepted seven times more campaign funding from fossil fuel energy groups.
A pipeline in the late evening sun

New Pipeline Threatens Portland's Emission Goals

The Canadian Pembina Pipeline Corporation hopes to build a propane export facility in Portland that would export 37,000 barrels a day to Asia.

Minimum Wage Act Reduces Inequality and Represents a $2 Billion a Year Bonus for Maryland's Economy

By reducing inequality, boosting consumer spending and reducing underemployment, Maryland’s new Minimum Wage Act could generate over $2 billion a year in economic benefits for the state.
Fossil Fuels: The Tide is Turning

Fossil Fuels: The Tide is Turning

Institutions are starting to recognize that fossil fuels are part of a bygone era - and that the time to invest in clean energy alternatives is now.
Is the Democrats’ Talkathon on Climate Change Just Talk?

Is the Democrats' Talkathon on Climate Change Just Talk?

IPS Fellow Daphne Wysham debates whether the Senate Democrats' all-nighter means that they are serious about tackling global warming.

Report from Climate Scientists Confirms What Climate Justice Advocates Already Know: The Time to Act is Now

"We hope the IPCC’s report will help skeptics understand that the jury is in and has issued a clear ruling: climate change is underway and we must do all we can to slow it down," said Janet Redman, climate expert at the Institute for Policy Studies.
The Tata Mundra Coal Plant: A Test for Presidents Obama and Kim

The Tata Mundra Coal Plant: A Test for Presidents Obama and Kim

Coal is a bad investment - for the poorest, for those consuming the power, for the World Bank, and more broadly, for all of us.
Arctic Melting at Record Rate

Arctic Melting at Record Rate

"We are living through a rate of warming that we haven't seen in 65 million years."
Winning the Fight Against Coal Financing

Winning the Fight Against Coal Financing

Hopefully, this is the dawn of a new day, when public financing of coal mines and power plants around the world is no longer acceptable. After 16 years of persistent pressure from IPS and other groups, our government seems to finally be listening.
Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Fire

Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Fire

The World Bank is phasing out of coal and ramping up support for "fracked" natural gas, even though research suggests that climate impacts of fracking may be even worse than coal.

Climate Milestones in President Obama's Speech

Obama is finally showing us he is willing to fight - on coal, on tar sands, and on climate. His apparent willingness to challenge the climate impacts of coal and tar sands - after years of silence on both topics - is cause for some celebration.
Video: Daphne Wysham Discusses Highlights of Obama’s Climate Speech

Video: Daphne Wysham Discusses Highlights of Obama's Climate Speech

President Obama moves in the right direction on carbon emissions and Keystone XL pipeline, but disappoints on the promotion of fracking, says Daphne Wysham.
Advancing Genuine Progress

Advancing Genuine Progress

Standard economic growth indicators aren't yielding enough information, especially when it comes to inequality.
Report: Closing the Inequality Divide

Report: Closing the Inequality Divide

A new IPS report lays out a strategy for fostering Genuine Progress in Maryland.
Why the World Bank Must Divest from Fossil Fuels

Why the World Bank Must Divest from Fossil Fuels

The World Bank should do the math and step up to the challenge of climate change.

Associate Fellow

Institute for Policy Studies

Climate Policy


Topics of Interest

Climate Change, climate justice

In the News

Dirty Truth About Obama's Clean Power Plan

The Real News | August 5, 2015

Advancing Genuine Progress

The Charlotte Observer | April 9, 2013

Advancing Genuine Progress

The Anchorage (AK) Daily News | April 8, 2013

Advancing Genuine Progress

The (Bluffton SC) Island Packet | April 8, 2013

How Sandy Reveals the GDP's Twisted Logic

The Muscatine (IA) Journal | November 12, 2012