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Agenda for The Implications of Climate Change Policy Forum
at the National Press Club

July 15, 1997

8:30 - 9:00Registration
9:00 - 9:05Welcoming Remarks - Fred L. Smith, Jr.
9:10 - 9:30Keynote - Sen. Frank Murkowski (invited)
9:35 - 10:05The State of Climate Change Science - Dr. Roy Spencer, NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center: Update on recent scientific developments, current climate data, etc. (confirmed)
10:10 - 11:25

Climate Change Policy - Domestic Impacts

  • The Costs of Climate Change Policy: Overview of the economic implicaitons of dramatic emission reductions and their regional impacts.Wilbur Steger, CONSAD (invited)
  • What Climate Change Policies Mean for Consumers: Fran Smith, Consumer Alert (invited)
  • What Climate Change Policies Mean for Workers:Union Representative (tbd)
11:30 - 11:40BREAK
11:45 - 1:00

Climate Change Policy - Global Impacts

  • International Impacts: The global distributional impacts of climate change policyDavid Montgomery, CRA (invited)
  • Climate Change and U.S. Competitiveness: TBA
  • Ecological Imperialism: TBA
1:00 - 2:30LUNCH
Luncheon Speaker: Australian Ambassador to U.S. (invited)
2:35 - 3:35Debate: "Must We Act Now To Avert a Climate Catastrophe?"
Patrick Michaels, UVA (confirmed) and Alan Robock (invited)
3:45 - 5:00

Political Economy of Climate Change

  • The Precautionary Principle: When is "better safe than sorry" actually less safe?Wilfred Beckerman, (confirmed)
  • Is Warmer Worse?: Does climate change necessarily mean disaster for human health and the environment? TBA
  • Political Economy of Climate Change: The public choice pressures that influence climate science. Roger Bate, IEA (confirmed)
5:00 --RECEPTION: Closing Remarks Sen. Chuck Hagel (invited)


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