Climate Change


A Conversation with Stephen Harper (Audio)

Speaker: Stephen Harper
Presider: Marie-Josée Kravis

Listen to Stephen Harper, prime minister of Canada, discuss priorities for Canadian foreign policy, including climate change, the Americas and NAFTA, security in Afghanistan, and arctic sovereignty.

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Copenhagen's Many Agendas

Author: Toni Johnson

The UN conference on climate change that begins December 7 in Copenhagen is supposed to produce new targets for emissions reductions, but experts say major countries are at odds on the ultimate goal of a new framework. This backgrounder looks at some of their positions.

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The Collapse of the Kyoto Protocol and the Struggle to Slow Global Warming

Author: David G. Victor

Most politicians, policymakers, and analysts hailed the Kyoto Protocol as a vital first step toward slowing greenhouse warming. Council Senior Fellow David Victor was not among them. In this clear and cogent book, Victor explains why the Kyoto Protocol is unlikely to enter into force and how its failure will offer the opportunity to establish a more realistic alternative.

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Council Special Report No. 47

The Canadian Oil Sands

Author: Michael A. Levi

The Canadian oil sands present an important challenge to policymakers: they promise energy security benefits but present climate change problems. Michael A. Levi assesses the energy security and climate change effects of the oil sands and makes recommendations for U.S. policymakers within the context of broader bilateral relations with Canada.

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China and Climate Change Symposium

Session One: Chinese Energy and Climate Strategy

Zhou Dadi, Professor, Energy Research Institute, National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), People's Republic of China

Trevor Houser, Director, Energy & Climate Practice, Rhodium Group (RHG); Visiting Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics

Taiya Smith, Deputy Chief of Staff and Executive Secretary, U.S. Department of the Treasury

Presider: Elizabeth C. Economy, C. V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director for Asia Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

8:00 to 8:30 a.m. Breakfast Reception
8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Meeting

Session Two: Energy Technology in China

Wu Zongxin, Director of Academic Committee, Institute of Nuclear Energy Technology, and Director, Energy Environment and Economy Institute, Tsinghua University

Edward S. Steinfeld, Associate Professor of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); Director, MIT-China Program, and Co-Director, China Energy Group, MIT Industrial Performance Center

Presider: Andrew Revkin, Science Reporter, New York Times

10:00 to 11:15 a.m. Meeting

Session Three: Policy Options for the United States

This session will focus on the findings and recommendations of the CFR Independent Task Force on Climate Change. The Task Force begins by arguing that the United States must lead with domestic action. It then turns its attention to the major emerging economies, including China, proposing a U.S. negotiating strategy for a global UN climate agreement that includes commitments from all major economies, while also promoting a less formal Partnership for Climate Cooperation that would focus the world's largest emitters on implementing emissions reductions.

George E. Pataki, Counsel, Chadbourne and Parke LLP; former Governor of New York; Co-chair, CFR Independent Task Force on Climate Change

Thomas J. Vilsack, Of Counsel, Dorsey & Whitney LLP; former Governor of Iowa; Co-chair, CFR Independent Task Force on Climate Change

Michael A. Levi, David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and Environment, Council on Foreign Relations; Director, CFR Independent Task Force on Climate Change

Presider: Robert Bazell, Chief Health & Science Correspondent, NBC News/MSNBC

11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Meeting
12:45 to 1:30 p.m. Buffet Lunch

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