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Public Policy Energy Seminar: What Will It Take Scientifically to Make 2 Degrees Happen in a Time of Brexit and Trump?

A seminar with Prof Daniel M. Kammen, Professor of Energy, Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley. Introduced by Dr Laura Diaz Anadon, Lecturer in Public Policy, University of Cambridge.
When May 10, 2017
from 03:00 PM to 04:15 PM
Where GR04 Faculty of English
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Attendees All welcome. No advance registration required.
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Prof Kammen's talk reflects on the two different plans to address global warming presented to the American public by the Democratic and the Republican Parties. 


The first, the Clean Power Plan1 (CPP), introduced by President Obama, calls on states to reduce carbon pollution from the power sector by 32 percent below the 2005 baseline by 2030. The CPP further makes $8 billion available to retrain and aid coal-workers and their families. This is a sizeable transition fund for an industry now valued in total at less than $50 billion, a tenth of what it was just a few decades ago.

The second is the Carbon Dividend Plan2 (CDP) which was recently proposed by the Climate Leadership Council which is headlined by former Republican Secretaries of State James Baker and George Shultz, as well as former Treasury Secretary Paulson, two former Chairmen of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, and a Chairman of the Board of Walmart. The CDP calls for a modestly rising carbon tax, with dividends paid directly back to American families amounting to roughly $2,000 per year for a family of four.

Prof Kammen explores the potential benefits of the two systems. The context is that the U. S. and EU energy sectors are growing by less than 1% per year, but in many other nations energy demand is growing by 5% per year or more. The CDP pushes other countries to adopt carbon policies, making them ready-markets for the products that the invigorated U. S. energy sector will deliver.

Because the energy industry is about systems integration, not simply individual technology components, countries need company partners that are expert and trusted to deliver integrated packages. This is a hallmark of the U. S. energy sector, from the complex and extensive oil and gas industry, to companies like Bechtel and Johnson Controls, to the fastest growing part of the U. S. economy, the clean energy innovators.

Daniel M. Kammen is a professor of energy at the University of California, Berkeley, with appointments in the Energy and Resources Group the Goldman School of Public Policy, and the Department of Nuclear Engineering. He is the founding director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory at UC Berkeley, and currently serves as Science Envoy for the U. S. State Department. He has previously served as the Chief Technical Specialist for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency for the World Bank Group. Twitter: @dan_kammen; URL: http://rael.berkeley.edu; E: Kammen@berkeley.edu

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