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Countdown to Copenhagen Symposium: Session 3: U.S. Options for Copenhagen

Speakers: Michael A. Levi, David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment, Council on Foreign Relations
Frank E. Loy, Chair, Board of Directors, PSI
Daniel M. Price, Senior Partner for Global Issues, Sidley Austin; Former Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Adviser for International Economic Affairs
Presider: Juliet Eilperin, National Environment Reporter, The Washington Post
November 10, 2009

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Frank E. Loy, chairman of the Board of Population Services International; Michael A. Levi, director of the Program on Energy Security and Climate Change at the Council on Foreign Relations; and Daniel M. Price, senior partner for global issues at Sidley Austin, LLP, discuss the U.S. options and posture heading toward the Copenhagen Climate Conference in December. Loy says Copenhagen comes at "the wrong damn time," and that the United States will be scrambling to put together a strategy. All speakers agree that U.S. numerical goals presented at Copenhagen will likely cause global reproach and that a focus by other countries on U.S. numbers would hamper positive discussion. Though the speakers differ on the causes for slow development of U.S. climate change policy and on the details of the strategy formulation ahead, all agree that Copenhagen--regardless of a potentially weak U.S. stance--will provide the United States and the world with a global stage for education, awareness, and a much-needed momentum.

This session was part of a CFR symposium, Countdown to Copenhagen: What's Next for Climate Change?, which was made possible through generous support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Alcoa Foundation, and the Robina Foundation.

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