Climate Change and Public Policy: European and American Approaches to Kyoto

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Date(s) - 9/24/200212:00 pm - 1:30 pm


A series of international meetings on climate policy were held starting in 1990 and culminating in the Kyoto Protocol of 1997, which called for significant reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.  Since then substantial differences have developed between the American and European Union approaches to Kyoto.  Dr. Thorning will discuss the economic, political and cultural fctors leading to the differences in climate change policies favored by the U.S. and the E.U.  She will also discuss recent changes in the E.U. climate change policy and explore options for a global solution to the potential threat of climate change.

Dr. Thorning is Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the American Council for Capital Formation.  She also serves as Senior Vice President and Director of Research for the ACFF Center for Policy Research, which focues on tax and environmental policies.  Previously she served at the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Federal Trade Commission.  Dr. Thorning is co-editor of numerous books on environmental policy including The Kyoto Commitments: Can Nations Meet Them with the Help of Technology? and Climate Change Policy: Practical Stategies to Promote Economic Growth and Environmental Quality.

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