Seminar Series Part I
September – November, 2017
Take a deep dive into Earth’s climate system! We’ll tackle such questions as:
- – Where is it found on Earth?
- – How does it move among the land, atmosphere and oceans?
- – How are humans influencing this natural cyclical process?
- Greenhouse Gases:
- – How do greenhouse gases warm the atmosphere and oceans?
- – How do they affect the naturally occurring feedback loops that regulate the climate?
- – What are the impacts of global warming on Earth’s natural environment?
- – To limit these impacts, how fast must we transition away from a fossil fuel-based economy?
- – What are the economic and human costs of climate change?
- – How are these distributed among populations?
- – How can we accurately estimate the social cost of carbon emissions, and why is it important to do so?
- Science & Skepticism:
- – What scientific approaches are taken to learn about the climate system?
- – How do skeptics try to exploit the nature of science to minimize the problem?
- – What are some of the skeptics’ arguments, and how can they be effectively combated?
Seminar Series Part II
January – February, 2018
Hear about current energy systems and options for transitioning to a renewables-based economy.
- – Are wind and solar power alone enough to replace fossil fuels for making electricity?
- – Must we also consider other options, such as nuclear power and biomass?
- – What options are available to replace fossil fuels for transportation in the new renewable energy economy?
- – What are the prospects for solving global warming by geoengineering, including carbon capture and storage?
- – Is geoengineering technically feasible and what are the risks?
- Fossil Fuel Exports:
- – What is the current state of play for the development of fossil fuel export terminals in the Pacific Northwest?
Seminar Series Part III
March – May, 2018
– How do administrative agencies function as the “fourth branch” of government?
– Which aspects of global warming are best addressed by a “command and control” regulatory approach?
– Is there a role for the courts in addressing global warming?
- Price on Carbon:
– Why is carbon pricing essential to solve global warming?
– Should we favor cap and trade or direct carbon taxes, and at what levels of government?
- Environmental Justice:
– How should principles of environmental justice be incorporated into climate policies?
- International Policy:
– What policy lessons can the United States learn from the international community?