Great Issues in Energy Symposium: Climate
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth presented the first Great Issues in Energy Symposium held on the Dartmouth campus.
Climate change resulting from burning fossil fuels and other human activities is widely thought to be underway and accelerating. Many anticipate catastrophic consequences if we do not make large changes to limit our impacts on climate. Motivating and enabling such change, however, represents a major challenge for both public policy and technology, and is thus a topic of intense debate and research in multiple intersecting societal and intellectual domains.
- Jason Grumet, Founder and President of the Bipartisan Policy Center and Executive Director of the National Commission on Energy Policy
- Dr. James Hansen, Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
About the Speakers
Jason Grumet has 20 years of experience working at the intersection of science, policy, and politics and was a senior advisor to the Obama campaign on energy and environmental issues. As president of the Bipartisan Policy Center, Jason oversees development of substance-based, bipartisan solutions through constructive argument and principled compromise in the areas of national security, health care, energy, transportation, and agriculture. Under his direction, the National Commission on Energy Policy released an influential report "Ending the Energy Stalemate: A Bipartisan Strategy to Meet America's Energy Challenges" in 2004. Jason is a frequent witness at Congressional hearings and has made appearances on NBC News, CNN, MSNBC, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, and National Public Radio. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University and his Juris Doctorate from Harvard University.
James Hansen is one of the world's leading climate scientists with dozens of papers on the subject in top-tier journals. For over two decades, he has been active in understanding and projecting potential human impact on climate, as well as bringing these impacts to the attention of the public. A member of the American Academy of Science, Dr. Hansen is the recipient of many distinguished awards including the Leo Szilard Lectureship of the American Physical Society, Dan David Prize Laureate, Duke of Edinburgh Conservation Medal of the World Wildlife Fund, Riger Revelle Medal of the American Geophysical Union, John Heinz Environment Award, and the National Wildlife Federation Conservation Achievement Award. He holds a Ph.D. in physics, M.S. in astronomy, and B.A. in physics and mathematics, all from the University of Iowa.