George P. Shultz
Former Secretary of State
“I support what Citizens’ Climate Lobby is doing and I support your Carbon Fee and Dividend solution. It’s interesting to see a grassroots organization who’s actually doing something. I’m glad to be on Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s advisory panel.”
George P. Shultz is a former Secretary of state and is currently chair of the Hoover Institution’s Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy. In recent years, Shultz has been a strong advocate of policies to address climate change, saying that even if members of his party are skeptical about climate science, it behooves us to take out an “insurance policy”. Along with Nobel Laureate Gary Becker, he co-authored an op-ed that appeared in the Wall Street Journal in 2013, “Why We Support a Revenue-Neutral Carbon Tax”
He has had a distinguished career in government, academia, and the world of business. He is one of only two individuals who have held four different federal cabinet posts; he has taught at three of this country’s great universities; and for eight years he was president of a major engineering and construction company.
He taught at MIT before serving as a senior economist on President Eisenhower’s Council of Economic Advisers, going on to the University of Chicago and Stanford University afterwards. He returned to government as Secretary of labor under President Nixon in 1969. In June 1970, he became the first director of the newly formed Office of Management and Budget. In May 1972, he was named Secretary of the Treasury, a post he held for two years. During this period, Shultz also served as chairman of the Council on Economic Policy, negotiated a series of trade protocols with the Soviet Union, and represented the United States at the Tokyo meeting on the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.
He served as president and director of the Bechtel group from 1974-1982, then returned to public service in the Reagan administration, holding two key positions: chair of the President’s Economic Policy Advisory Board and Secretary of State (1982-1989). As Secretary of State, he played a key role leading to the successful conclusion of the Cold War and the strengthening of relationships between the United States and the countries of the Asia-Pacific region including China, Japan, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. He helped negotiate the Montreal Protocol to phase out ozone-destroying chemicals, widely hailed as the most successful international treaty in history.