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SIEPR Policy Forum on Using Economics to Confront Climate Change

Event Details:

Friday, October 30, 2009
9:00am - 3:00pm PDT


Bechtel Conference Center
United States

How can economics help in the fight against climate change?

That is the question for this Policy Forum, looking at both the United States and the rest of the world First, we review the pending legislative proposals. Next, we look at the major sources of greenhouse gases and the economic policies likely to affect them.

One hope is entrepreneurship, harnessing the marketplace to effectively green technology and efficient consumption. Also, we look at what the key concerns are for the Obama Administration and how stimulus money is being used to advance cleantech.


Friday, October 30, 2009

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    Welcome and Overview

    Ward Hanson, Director, Public Policy Forum

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    Session I: Congress, Cap and Trade, and Setting the Price of Carbon

    Margaret Walls, Resources for the Future, "Impact of Pending Climate Bills on Consumers"

    Marc Hafstead, Michael Dworsky, Stanford, "Industry Effects of Cap and Trade Allocations


    Suzi Kerr

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    Session II: California Climate Policy: Can it Lead the Way?

    Jim Sweeney & Joe Nation, Stanford

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    Session III: Using the Power of Capitalism for Positive Change

    Steve Newcomb, CEO and Founder, Virgance

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    Session IV: Economic Development and Carbon Policy

    Richard Morse, Jeremy Carl, Stanford, "King Coal in China and India"

    Mark Thurber, Stanford, "The Challenge of Oil Based Development"


    Frank Wolak

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    Session V: Inventing Solutions

    Andy Frank, UC Davis, "The Rise of Plug-in Hybrids"

    Don Wood, Partner, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, "Using Venture Capital to Limit Climate Change...and Make Money"

    Mark Jacobson, Stanford, "A Plan for a Sustainable Future"

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    Keynote Speaker: Federal Energy Policy: Building a Low-Carbon High Growth Economy

    Matt Rogers, Senior Adviser to the Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy

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