Past Conference

Assessing US Climate Policy Options Briefing

Nov 29, 2007

About the Event

An RFF Policy Briefing
Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Resources for the Future Senior Fellows Raymond J. Kopp and William A. Pizer organized the U.S. Climate Policy Forum in May 2006 to analyze and make findings regarding policies to address global climate change. The Forum brought together researchers and business leaders from 23 companies that represent a broad spectrum of the U.S. economy, including automobiles and heavy equipment; electricity generation; oil, gas, and coal; transport; agriculture; and chemicals, as well as large energy consumers and financial services firms. The Forum's objective is to provide legislators with well-vetted, detailed policy options; important criteria for policy assessment; and well-articulated concerns (specifying the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches), from which effective federal policy might be crafted.

The report, Assessing U.S. Climate Policy Options: A report summarizing work at RFF as part of the inter-industry U.S. Climate Policy Forum, represents the culmination of the Forum process.

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Written by independent RFF scholars and informed by a year-long dialogue with Forum participants who provided feedback and recommended areas of focus, the report encompasses 15 issue briefs, detailing policy questions and concerns in key areas related to greenhouse gas emissions and legislative proposals to curb them. It is designed, first and foremost, to present information objectively and to focus on those aspects of federal policy design that are most important.

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Phil Sharp
President, RFF


Policy Briefing

Raymond J. Kopp
Senior Fellow, RFF


William A. Pizer
Senior Fellow, RFF


Question and Answer


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Session 1: Evaluating and Addressing Competitiveness Concerns

Presenter: Richard D. Morgenstern, Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future
Discussant: Scott Barrett, Director, International Policy Program and Professor of Environmental Economics and International Political Economy, Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University

Moderated Q&A

Session 2: Climate Technology Research

Presenter: Richard G. Newell, Gendell Associate Professor of Energy and Environmental Economics, Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, Duke University
Discussant: James Dooley, Senior Staff Scientist, Joint Global Change Research Institute

Moderated Q&A

Session 3: Targets, Price, and Permits

William A. Pizer, Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future
Discussant: Richard Richels, Director, Global Climate Change Research, Electric Power Research Institute

Moderated Q&A