Wesleyan University, in conjunction with the Price Carbon Campaign, an umbrellaorganization of climate-policy advocates, is convening a fall conference that will address new approaches to carbon pricing. WesleyanUniversity’s College of the Environment was established in 2009 to helpstudents become better stewards of the Earth.
The Carbon PricingConference begins Friday, November 19, 2010 and runs through to Sunday,November 21, 2010. Headline speakers include climatologist Dr. James Hansen, author-activist Bill McKibben, and environmental-justice lawyer and advocate Angela Johnson Meszaros.
Carbon pricing is vital to reducing CO2. As indicated by economist CharlesKomanoff, director of the Carbon Tax Center: “Only with a predictableand steadily rising price on CO2 emissions—one that rewards sustainableforms of energy without harming Americans—will the US be able to curbour carbon emissions and oil dependence. A direct and transparent fee on fuels’ carbon content will give entrepreneurs and families theincentives they need to put industries and households on a profitablelow-carbon diet.”
Despite the need for a large scale reduction of CO2, carbon emissions continue to increase at a rate that is rapidlydestabilizing the Earth’s climate and driving global warming. The ofconspicuous absence of legislative progress in the US this summer makesthe carbon emissions pricing conference prescient.
According toLaura Bonham, deputy director of Progressive Democrats of America.“Withthe continuing failure of the cap/trade/offset mechanism to gain support in Congress, it’s time for climate policy makers and concerned citizens to rethink carbon-pricing options. This conference will allow a broadspectrum of climate activists to seek a common agenda that will definethe basic principles of good climate legislation, beginning with putting a clear price on carbon.”
A list of confirmed speakers and registration information can be found at www.pricingcarbon.org/.
Richard Matthews is a consultant, eco-entrepreneur, sustainable investor and writer. He is the owner of THE GREEN MARKET, one of the Web’s most comprehensive resources on the business of the environment. He is also the author of numerous articles on sustainable positioning, green investing, enviro-politics and eco-economics.