Kassie Siegel

Senior Counsel, Climate Law Institute Director at Center for Biological Diversity

I don’t think we can use the fact that you could clean up oil and gas as an excuse from getting away from the big policy changes that we really need to drive us off of all fossil fuels.

Kassie Siegel understands that fossil fuel use won't stop immediately, but ideally would only take a few decades to cease. As Senior Counsel and the Director of the Climate Law Institute at the Center for Biological Diversity, Siegel develops and implements campaigns for the reduction of greenhouse gas pollution and the protection of plants and animals threatened by global warming. Of her many successes, she notably wrote the petition and litigated the cases that resulted in protection of the polar bear under the Endangered Species Act due to global warming in 2008.

Prior to attending Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law and working for the Center, Siegel was a natural-history guide leading wilderness trips in Alaska.

Live Event Appearances

Podcast Guest Appearances

Saudi America

Oct 17 2018 - 6:30pm

Production of oil and gas in the U.S. has surged to levels unthinkable a decade ago due to the revolution in hydraulic fracturing, which has helped the country surpass Saudi Arabia and Russia as the world's largest oil producer. In her latest book, Saudi America: The Truth About Fracking and How It’s Changing the World, Bethany McLean explores the past, present and future of fracking in America. Yet new development of fossil fuels is simply not consistent with the math of the Paris climate accord, leading us all to ask: What's next for fossil fuels?