NEW YORK, Nov. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Next week, leading up to the Copenhagen Conference, experts at the forefront of the climate change debate, will come together at the exclusive Norwood Club to discuss the question of climate and energy policy. The event, "Will Green Put Us in the Red," (http://climatechangedebate.eventbrite.com) will bring together leading experts from both sides of the scientific and public policy debate to present their views on the urgency, benefits, and costs, of the climate and energy policies being considered in Congress right now.
Participants will discuss legislation which President Obama supports which seeks to dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions by investing heavily in renewable energy, energy efficiency and creating a cap and trade system for greenhouse gas emissions--along with very specific and quite ambitious targets of driving down total emissions to 80% below 2005 levels in 40 years.
Proponents say that these programs will create jobs, stimulate the economy and at long last begin to wean us off our dependence on imported fossil fuels--not to mention that as the country which emitted most of the greenhouse gases now in the atmosphere we have a responsibility to lead. But, doubters see a huge new tax on carbon that would kill the economy and damage international competitiveness, and point out that India and China--now the biggest emitter in the world--will continue to emit regardless of what we do.
The debaters will be tackling questions like:
- How are we going to achieve these ambitious targets given that our entire economy has been built around the use of fossil fuels?
- Is climate change really a threat imminent enough to require drastic measures now, when the world's still-ailing economies can least afford it?
- What timeframes should be used, and are realistic, to measure the impact of environmental policy changes?
The dialogue will spark new ideas and--as in any debate--there will be a winner, chosen by the audience. Which team will prove most persuasive?
The fearless climate change skeptics:
- Steven Hayward, F.K. Weyerhaeuser Fellow, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
- Ronald Bailey, Author and Science Correspondent, Reason magazine and Reason.com
The passionate environmental defenders:
- Ralph Cavanagh, Senior Attorney and Co-Director, Energy Program, NRDC
- Eric Roston, Author and Senior Associate, The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University
Dennis Kneale, Anchor of CNBC's Power Lunch will moderate.
Monday, November 23, 2009
6pm Cocktails - 7pm Debate and Q&A
Norwood Club - 241 West 14th Street (between 7th and 8th Ave), New York
Not-for-Profit Partner: Global Nomads Group
For more details visit: http://climatechangedebate.eventbrite.com. Tickets are $45 and available only in advance - no sales will be made at the door. The debate will be streamed live online via FORA.tv also allowing for remote participation.
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