The Bottom Line on Climate Change: Transitioning to Renewable Energy World's leading climate economists look to the future of energy
Willi Semmler, Professor of Economics, The New School for Social Research, speaks at The New School's Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis (SCEPA) during The Bottom Line on Climate Change: Transitioning to Renewable Energy, a two-day conference featuring expert analysis of how the transition to renewable energy will affect the fragile U.S. and global economies. The conference is a continuation of SCEPA's 2010 conference The Economics of Climate Change.
"Fukushima has heated up the debate on the transition to renewable energy and its economic impact," said Semmler. "Is green energy the answer to global warming, energy independence, and the prevention of Fukushima-like disasters? If so, will the switch kill jobs and raise taxes - or will renewable energy create a green recovery? We're looking to some of the world's leading climate economists to explore these questions."
The Bottom Line on Climate Change brings together U.S. & E.U. government officials, geoscientists, policy analysts, politicians, business leaders and academics in New York to discuss how transitioning to renewable energy will affect the fragile U.S. and global economies. This year, panels focused on the future of nuclear power, the reality behind green jobs, the practicality of new technologies, and the tensions between developed and developing countries. Panels also included an Update on Trends in Global Warming Research, Climate Policies, Greeen Energy and Employment, How Fast is the Transition to Green Energy, and Nuclear Energy After Fukushima.
Participants include Ottmar Edenhofer of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), James Hansen from the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, Peter Schlosser from the Earth Institute at Columbia, Dr. Runge-Metzger from the European Commission, and a member of the German parliament.