On November 23rd 2009 at the Norwood Club in New York,
JANERA and InterConnect Events present the great debate:
President Obama wants America to save the world from itself by capping carbon emissions and imposing "greener" demands on carmakers and utilities. As the richest country in the world—and the earth’s biggest producer of greenhouse gases—the U.S. must lead the way, supporters say.
But this green crusade has sparked a rising cry of outrage and opposition. Doubters warn of draconian measures that would slap a huge carbon tax on our own economy and hurt U.S. competitiveness. Furthermore, while Obama’s goal to reduce carbon emissions by 80% over the next 40 years is admirable, how are we going to wean ourselves off fossil fuels in just four decades?
China and India, meanwhile, balk at Obama's big push and may simply keep growing and polluting, unrestrained by any restrictions.
One looming dilemma: Is “climate change”—which activists had called “global warming” until that trend abated in recent years—a threat imminent enough to require drastic measures now, when the world’s still-ailing economies can least afford it?
This event is held in partnership with Global Nomads Group (GNG), an international non-profit organization that fosters dialogue and understanding among the world’s youth, discusses these issues each year, with more than 15,000 young women and men from around the world.
Two expert teams on opposite sides will debate the issue.
- Ralph Cavanagh, Senior Attorney and Co-Director, Energy Program, NRDC
- Eric Roston, Author and Senior Associate, The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University
- Steve Hayward, F.K. Weyerhaeuser Fellow, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
- Ronald Bailey, Author and Science Correspondent, Reason magazine and Reason.com
Dennis Kneale, Anchor, CNBC’s Power Lunch
7PM Debate and Q&A
Norwood Club, 241 W 14th St, New York
Tickets—only available in advance—are $45.
Image by Garrison Photography
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