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Is Cap and Trade Enough? Why Reducing Emissions Depends on Technology Innovation

As the House considers climate legislation, many have come to believe that regulations alone will result in a reduction of emissions. But energy and technology experts say a more explicit federal investment in technology is needed. Please join the Brookings Institution, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, and the Breakthrough Institute to discuss the need for a explicit innovation policy to address the challenge of global climate change. At the event, policy experts will discuss the price gap between fossil fuels and clean energy, and what innovation policies are needed to overcome it.

Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Date: Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Place: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 628


Robert Atkinson (bio)
President, The Information and Innovation Foundation


The Honorable Jay Inslee (D-WA), United States House of Representatives

The Honorable David Wu (D-OR), United States House of Representatives

“The Technological Barriers to Climate Mitigation”
Nate Lewis (bio)
George L. Argyros Professor of Chemistry, Caltech

“Climate Policy Requires Making Clean Energy Cheap”
Michael Shellenberger (bio) and Ted Nordhaus (bio)
President, The Breakthrough Institute and Chairman, The Breakthrough Institute

“The Case for Energy Discovery Institutes”
Mark Muro (bio)
Fellow and Policy Director, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution

William B. Bonvillian (bio)
Director, Masschussettes Institute of Technology, D.C. Office

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