The Great Climate Change Debate



The Great Climate Change Debate
(A Part of the WEEC Conference)
Thursday, September 26, 2013 / 2:30 - 4:30 pm

President Obama prominently mentioned climate change in his State of the Union message. Given the gridlock between the two branches of Congress, many observers concluded that the President intends to pursue climate change initiatives through his existing executive authority as opposed to seeking new legislation in Congress. New regulatory activity is certain to revive the debate over climate change. This debate will feature presenters on both sides of the issue, and will be moderated by David Gardiner, formerly Executive Director of the White House Climate Change Task Force, and former Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency for Policy. Both sides of this issue will be addressed, and topics to be covered in the debate include the following:

  • What are the most significant recent updates in climate science – what’s new and what should everyone remember when they leave this room? 
  • How do you communicate complex scientific findings to policy makers and the general public? 
  • What are your recommendations to de-politicize climate change science?
  • Current technology is sufficient to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to avoid dangerous climate change.  What obstacles stand in our way to do it?
  • What actions under the Clean Air Act and other existing authority are we likely see in the Second Obama Administration, and what are the prospects, if any, for legislation on Capitol Hill that will reduce carbon emissions?
  • What should we be doing right now in the way of climate adaptation, to mitigate the effects of extreme climate occurrences like Hurricane Sandy?

The players:

  • David Gardiner, Principal, President, David Gardiner & Associates
  • Michael MacCracken, PhD, Chief Scientist for Climate Change Programs, Climate Institute
  • Joseph J. Romm, PhD, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
  • Eli Lehrer, President, Co-Founder, R Street Institute

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