Global climate change continues to be a flashpoint in American politics. Although the Kyoto Protocol may be a dead letter at the moment, various initiatives to curb domestic green-house gas emissions regularly pop up at both the state and federal level. Democratic pres-idential candidates, meanwhile, uniformly promise to revive the Kyoto agreement in their prospective administrations.
The public debate, however, has been disparaged by both proponents and opponents of the Kyoto agreement as superficial and uninformed. This day-long Cato conference is intended to help remedy that by fairly summarizing what is known about the science and economics surrounding greenhouse gas concentrations and abatement. Moreover, it tackles squarely what is perhaps the most relevant policy issue at the moment—the potential costs and benefits involved in dealing with scientific uncertainty.
Registration is now closed for the “Global Warming:The State of the Debate” conference.
|10:00–12:00 p.m.||Panel 1: The State of the Science
Director of the Office of Climatology, Arizona State University
Professor of Atmospheric Science and Director, Earth System Science Center, University of Alabama at Huntsville
Professor of Atmospheric Science, University of Illinois
Patrick J. Michaels
Professor of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia, and Senior Fellow, Cato Institute
|1:00–3:00 p.m.||Panel 2: Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Costs & Benefits
John E. Andrus Professor of Economics, Wesleyan University
Senior Fellow, Institute for International Economics and the Center for Global Development
Edwin Weyerhaeuser Davis Professor of Forest Policy and Professor of Economics, Yale University
President and Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future
|3:15–5:15 p.m.||Panel 3: How Should We Handle Uncertainty?
Senior Scientist, Rand Corporation
Office of Policy Analysis, U.S. Department of the Interior
Peter Van Doren
Thomas C. Schelling
Distinguished University Professor, School of Public Affairs, University of Maryland