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Decarbonizing Electricity and Transportation: Getting from Here to There
Costa Samaras (Associate Professor, Carnegie Mellon University)
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from electricity and transportation by 80% or more is necessary to increase the likelihood of avoiding the worst impacts of global climate change. The U.S. has begun to reduce emissions from the electricity sector, but emissions from the transportation sector continues to grow. This talk will discuss the options, progress, and future of deep decarbonization in the electricity and transportation sectors.
Prices, Taxes, and Innovation: An Economist’s View of Climate Change Solutions
Karen Clay (Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Carnegie Mello University)
Addressing climate change is going to cost money – if it were free, we would already be at zero carbon. I will discuss why economists prefer to use prices and taxes to address climate change; what we have learned from small-scale experiments with carbon taxes and/or cap and trade; and why innovation is a crucial component of solving the climate change problem, particularly in developing countries.