Wesleyan University to Host National Conference on Pricing Carbon Emissions

For Immediate Release

Pricing Carbon
Contact: 

Charles Komanoff, 347-961-9684, 413-243-5665, charles@carbontax.org
Laura Bonham, 435-640-2252, 413-243-5665, laura@pdamerica.org
Dr. Barry Chernoff, 860-685-2452, bchernoff@wesleyan.edu

Wesleyan University to Host National Conference on Pricing Carbon Emissions

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. - Wesleyan University, in conjunction with
the Price Carbon Campaign, an umbrella organization of climate-policy
advocates, is convening a conference to discuss and develop new approaches to
pricing carbon emissions that are destabilizing Earth’s climate and driving
global warming.

“Pricing Carbon: The Wesleyan Conference” will run from
Friday evening, November 19, 2010, to Sunday noon, November 21. Headline
speakers include climatologist Dr. James Hansen,
author-activist Bill McKibben, and
environmental-justice lawyer and advocate Angela
Johnson Meszaros
.

“Wesleyan University’s College of the Environment was
established in 2009 to help students become better stewards of our fragile
Earth,” said the Director of the College of the Environment, Wesleyan biology
professor Barry Chernoff. “We welcome this opportunity to co-host a national
conference of scholars and advocates intent on re-energizing U.S. climate
policy on the eve of the 2010 United
Nations Climate Change Conference
in Cancún, Mexico, beginning November
29.”

Beside the keynote speakers, the conference will feature
Rep. Bob Filner (D-CA), Rep. Bob Inglis (R-SC), Dr. Gary Yohe, Dr. Brent
Blackwelder, Dr. Elaine C. Kamarck, Cecil Corbin-Mark, Peter Barnes, Michelle
Chan, Laurie Williams, Allan Zabel, and a growing assembly of other Members of
Congress, economists, environmentalists, political scientists, student leaders,
and advocates for environmental and social justice. A listing of confirmed
speakers can be found on the conference website. All
have real-world experience in the economics and politics of energy and climate,
and understand the need to price carbon emissions to combat global warming.
Conference co-sponsors include the Carbon
Tax Center
, Citizens Climate
Lobby
, Progressive Democrats of America,
and Climate Crisis Coalition.

The U.S. has never enacted comprehensive climate legislation, failing most
recently this past July. Among the reasons for American inaction being
discussed in this mid-term election season are the multiple flaws of the
“cap-and-trade” approach backed by many mainstream environmental organizations
and major corporations. The conference organizers maintain that the legislation
was too complicated, relied on complex and corruptible financial instruments,
and was too generous to polluting companies.

“With the continuing failure of the cap/trade/offset
mechanism to gain support in Congress, it’s time for climate policy makers and
concerned citizens to rethink carbon-pricing options,” said Laura Bonham,
deputy director of Progressive Democrats of America. “This conference will allow
a broad spectrum of climate activists to seek a common agenda that will define
the basic principles of good climate legislation, beginning with putting a
clear price on carbon,” she added.

Economist Charles Komanoff, director of the Carbon Tax
Center added: “Only with a predictable and steadily rising price on CO2
emissions—one that rewards sustainable forms of energy without harming
Americans—will the U.S. be able to curb our carbon emissions and oil
dependence. A direct and transparent fee on fuels’ carbon content will give
entrepreneurs and families the incentives they need to put industries and
households on a profitable low-carbon diet.”

Conference organizers expect three hundred participants. The
public in invited to register at the www.pricingcarbon.org, info@kyotoandbeyond.org

or 413-243-2556.

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