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Economic policy innovations to combat climate change

The existing patchwork of climate policies is insufficient and often inefficient in its effort to achieve emissions reductions and broader climate objectives. While there is some reason for optimism in the technological developments that make decarbonization possible, current public policies do far too little to support these developments and offer appropriate incentives for reducing emissions.

On October 23, The Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution and Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) will co-convene a forum to explore economic policy innovations to combat climate change. The event will feature keynote remarks by Mary D. Nichols, chair, California Air Resources Board, and opening remarks from Robert E. Rubin, former U.S. Treasury Secretary, and Kathryn Moler, vice provost and dean of research and professor of applied physics, Stanford University.

The event will also include three roundtable discussions that will concentrate on policy options to address climate change in the absence of a federal carbon price, how policy can encourage technological advances to mitigate the impact of climate change, and environmental policy and regulatory possibilities once a carbon price is achieved.

Roundtable panelists will include Nancy Sutley, chief sustainability and economic development officer, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power; Christy Goldfuss, senior vice president, energy and environmental policy, Center for American Progress; Abigail Dillen, president, Earthjustice; Jerry Taylor, president, Niskanen Center; Nathaniel Keohane, senior vice president, climate, Environmental Defense Fund; Etosha Cave, co-founder and chief scientific officer, Opus 12; Chris Field, Perry L. McCarty director, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and Melvin and Joan Lane professor for interdisciplinary environmental studies, Stanford University; Lawrence Goulder, Shuzo Nishihara professor of environmental and resource economics, Stanford University; Lucas Davis, Jeffrey A. Jacobs distinguished professor in business and technology, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley; and Lauren Sommer, science and environment reporter, KQED Public Radio, among other distinguished experts and scholars.

The event will coincide with the release of a set of economic facts from The Hamilton Project and SIEPR and three new Hamilton Project proposals that focus on promoting low-carbon technologies, making clean performance standards efficient and effective, and how the regulatory landscape might shift in the presence of a carbon price.

For updates on the event, follow @HamiltonProj and @SIEPR, and join the conversation using #CombatClimateChange.

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