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The economic costs of climate change

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

There is growing public debate over whether, when, and to what extent policymakers should take action to stem climate change. This week, public officials, scientific experts, business leaders and other stakeholders will convene in New York City for an annual discussion around the central issues concerning climate change.

On September 22nd, The Hamilton Project hosted a forum with U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew to explore the economics of climate change, and the potential costs of inaction to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Secretary Lew gave keynote remarks, followed by a roundtable discussion with Robert E. Rubin, Co-Chair of the Council on Foreign Relations and former U.S. Treasury Secretary, and Michael Greenstone, The Milton Friedman Professor in Economics and Director of the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago. Hamilton Project Director Melissa Kearney opened the forum with welcoming remarks.


4:00 p.m. Welcome

Melissa Kearney
Director, The Hamilton Project

4:05 p.m. Keynote Remarks

The Honorable Jacob J. Lew
U.S. Treasury Secretary

Introduction by Robert E. Rubin

4:25 p.m. Roundtable Discussion

The Honorable Jacob J. Lew
U.S. Treasury Secretary

Robert E. Rubin
Co-Chair Council on Foreign Relations
Former U.S. Secretary Treasury

Michael Greenstone
The Milton Friedman Professor in Economics, Director of the Energy Policy Institute at Chicago (EPIC), University of Chicago

5:00 p.m. Forum Adjourns

Event Forum

Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Washington Center at Johns Hopkins University


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