Columbia Forum: The Future of Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative – Monday, October 22nd

Monday, October 22, 2012, 7 – 9 p.m.
Columbia Law School, 435 West 116th Street, New York, N.Y.

Gavin J. Donohue, Independent Power Producers of New York
Ross Gould, Environmental Advocates of New York
Jared Snyder, New York Department of Environmental Conservation
Robert N. Stavins, JFK School of Government, Harvard University
Susan Tierney, Analysis Group

Michael B. Gerrard, Columbia Law School

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) was formed in 2005 by northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states as the nation’s first mandatory cap-and-trade program for carbon dioxide.  RGGI is now undergoing a comprehensive review.  This public meeting will feature speakers with a broad range of perspectives on the future of RGGI.

Among the questions to be addressed are:
Is RGGI achieving its purposes?
Where does RGGI fit in the context of North American efforts to fight climate change?
Can and should RGGI be linked with trading programs in California and Canadian provinces?
Should RGGI lower the cap on emissions, or include more pollutants or sources?
How can emissions leakage be controlled?
What has been the environmental and energy impact of RGGI?
What is the impact of Governor Chris Christie’s withdrawal of New Jersey in 2011?

This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.