Environmental economist Robert Stavins says Obama's energy plan is designed to make a climate bill more politically feasible, but he points out energy policy and climate policy often have different goals. Without cap-and-trade, it will be hard to meet the country's Copenhagen target, he notes.
Speakers: Senator Mark Begich and Senator Lisa Murkowski Presider: Scott G. Borgerson
Senator Mark Begich (D-Ak) and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Ak) speak to the Council on public and private strategies for adapting to climate change in Arctic Alaska. Scott G. Borgerson, visiting fellow for Ocean Governance at the Council, presides.
Jagdish Bhagwati says that in a new climate change protocol rich countries must accept a tort liability for past emissions. All countries should accept liability for current emissions, although grace periods could be granted to developing countries.
Christophe de Margerie interviewed by Roya Wolverson
Total CEO Christophe de Margerie says energy companies need firm direction from governments on how they should invest long term and urges global leaders to consider energy security along with the environment.
China's newly announced goal for cutting carbon intensity reflects important Chinese policy shifts of recent years, but fails to offer significant new measures to cut emissions, writes CFR's Michael Levi.
Michael A. Levi testifies before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on the state of global efforts to combat climate change, prospects for the ongoing United Nations climate negotiations, and climate policy in Europe and India.
Speaker: Edward J. Markey Presider: William L. Allen
Listen to Representative Edward J. Markey, Chair, Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming; Chair, Energy and Environment Subcommittee, Energy and Commerce Committee, U.S. House of Representatives (D-MA), deliver his insight into the interplay between domestic and international action on climate change.
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