Past Events

The Bottom Line on Climate Change

February 25, 2011

Fukushima has heated up the debate on the transition to renewable energy. Is green energy the answer to global warming, energy independence, and the prevention of Fukushima-like disasters? If so, will the switch kill jobs and raise taxes? Or will renewable energy create a green recovery? What is the bottom line?


On September 23 and 24, 2011, leading U.S. & E.U. government officials, geoscientists, policy analysts, politicians, business leaders and academics met in New York to discuss how transitioning to renewable energy will affect the fragile U.S. and global economies. Panels focused on the future of nuclear power, the reality behind green jobs, the practicality of new technologies, and the tensions between developed and developing countries.

Participants included Ottmar Edenhofer of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC),James Hansen from the NASA Goddard Institute for Space StudiesPeter Schlosser from the Earth Institute at Columbia, Dr. Runge-Metzger from the European Commission and a member of the German parliament.

Friday, September 23, 2011 - Saturday, September 24, 2011
8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Wollman Hall, Eugene Lang Building, 65 West 11th Street, 5th floor

The conference was made possible by the generous support of the Alex C. Walker Foundation, the Macroeconomic Policy Institute (IMK) of The Hans-Böckler-Foundation, and the Consulate General of Germany in New York.