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October 30, 2009 - 12:00am

SIEPR Policy Forum on Using Economics to Confront Climate Change

SIEPR Policy Forum on Using Economics to Confront Climate Change

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 clean tech.

October 30, 2009

9:00am to 9:30am
Welcome and Overview
Presenter(s) : 

Ward Hanson, Director, Public Policy Forum

9:30am to 10:30am
Session 1
Congress, Cap and Trade, and Setting the Price of Carbon
Presenter(s) : 

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

10:30am to 11:30am
Session 2
California Climate Policy: Can it Lead the Way?
Presenter(s) : 

Jim Sweeney & Joe Nation, Stanford

11:30am to 12:00pm
Session 3
Using the Power of Capitalism for Positive Change
Presenter(s) : 

Steve Newcomb, CEO and Founder, Virgance

12:00pm to 1:00pm
Session 4
Economic Development and Carbon Policy
Presenter(s) : 

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

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


Frank Wolak

1:00pm to 2:00pm
Session 5
Inventing Solutions
Presenter(s) : 

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"

2:00pm to 3:00pm
Keynote Speaker
Federal Energy Policy: Building a Low-Carbon High Growth Economy
Presenter(s) : 

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