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Using Economics to Confront Climate Change- October, 2009

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.


Welcome and Overview

Ward Hanson, Director, Public Policy Forum


Congress, Cap and Trade, and Setting the Price of Carbon

Suzi Kerr, Moderator

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


California Climate Policy: Can it Lead the Way?

Jim Sweeney & Joe Nation, Stanford


Using the Power of Capitalism for Positive Change

Steve Newcomb, CEO and Founder, Virgance


Economic Development and Carbon Policy

Frank Wolak, Moderator

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

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


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"


Keynote Speaker

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

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