Mon, Dec. 15, 2008
7:30 am - 4 pm
(GMT-06:00) America/Chicago


James A. Baker III Hall

This conference aims to explore U.S. and European policy responses to climate change and to analyze how future international policies may evolve. A clearer U.S. commitment to a carbon cap-and-trade system may influence the nature of the trans-Atlantic dialogue on climate policy. The evolution of a concrete and specific domestic agenda on climate change inside the United States could change the context of U.S.-European dialogue on this subject, though it is unclear whether this shift will render global policy easier or harder to harmonize.

Climate Policy 09Our conference is designed to facilitate a positive exchange of ideas with our trans-Atlantic allies on this challenging area of public policy. This event is a continuation of the discussions from the February 2008 conference, Beyond Science: The Economics and Politics of Responding to Climate Change.

Special thanks are extended to conference sponsors ConocoPhillips; SUEZ Energy North America, Inc.; Baker Botts L.L.P.; General Consulate of France in Houston; British Consulate-General in Houston; as well as the members of the Baker Institute's Energy Forum and Science and Technology Policy Program.

PDF icon Click here to see the event program


Event Agenda and Presentations

8:30 am Welcoming Remarks
PDF iconWelcoming Remarks by the Honorable Edward P. Djerejian, Founding Director, James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy

8:45 am Opening Keynote Addresses

PDF iconKeynote Address by Neal F. Lane, Senior Fellow in Science and Technology Policy, James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Malcolm Gillis University Professor, Rice University

Monsieur l"Ambassadeur Brice Lalonde
Ambassadeur chargé des Négociations Internationales sur le Réchauffement Climatique,
Ministᅢᄄre de l"Ecologie, France

10:00 am Break

10:30 am Session I: Perspectives from Corporate Leaders
Moderator: Kenneth B. Medlock III, Fellow in Energy Studies, James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Economics, Rice University

PDF icon "Comments on CO2 Emissions Trading"
Dr. Peter Hartley, Baker Institute Rice Scholar, Chair & Professor of Economics, Rice

PDF icon "Energy and Environment at a Cross-Roads"
Zin Smati, President and CEO, SUEZ Energy North America, Inc.

Rhonda I. Zygocki, Vice President of Policy, Government and Public Affairs, Chevron Corporation

Roger Williams, Vice President of Portfolio Development, Blue Source

12:00 pm Discussion

12:30 pm Lunch

2:00 pm Session II: International, National and Local Policies and Harmonization Challenges
Moderator: Maᅢᆵté Jauréguy-Naudin, Energy Program Manager, Institut Franᅢᄃais des Relations Internationales

PDF icon "Greenhouse Gas Regulation in the U.S.: Federal Legislation, Regional Programs and International Harmonization"
William M. Bumpers, Partner and Head of Global Climate Change Practice, Bak
er Botts L.L.P.

PDF icon "California's Climate Change Program: A Framework for Change"
Brian T. Turner, Deputy Director, Office of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Assistant Executive Officer for Federal Climate Policy, California Air Resources Board

PDF icon "Consideration for Adaptation to Climate Change"
Ronald L. Sass, Fellow in Global Climate Change, James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Natural Science Emeritus and
Professor of Biology, Chemistry and Education, Rice University

4:00 pm Discussion

4:30 pm Closing Remarks
Introduction: Amy Myers Jaffe, Wallace S. Wilson Fellow in Energy Studies, James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy

The Honorable Gene Green, Representative of the 29th District of Texas, U.S. House of Representatives

To view the entire video, please click below:


Mon, Dec. 15, 2008
7:30 am - 4 pm
(GMT-06:00) America/Chicago


James A. Baker III Hall