Experts to Debate Climate Change Policy at Iowa State

September 13th, 2005

A debate, "Beyond Kyoto: The Future of International Climate Change Policy," will feature Joseph Aldy and Scott Barrett at Iowa State University at 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 19 in the Mahlstede Building at Reiman Gardens. The two experts have advised world leaders and lawmakers on environmental policy.

The United States did not sign the Kyoto Protocol, an international accord to reduce global carbon emissions. Aldy and Barrett will share differing views on what steps should be taken next to address the problem of global warming. The two experts will talk about technology standards, international policy making and incentives for participation and compliance.

Aldy is a Fellow with Resources for the Future, a Washington think tank that focuses on environmental policy issues. He also served on the President's Council of Economic Advisers from 1997 to 2000 and was the lead author of several reports on climate change, including "The Kyoto Protocol and the President's Policies to Address Climate Change," during the Clinton administration.

Barrett is the director of the Energy, Environment, Science and Technology Program at Johns Hopkins University and author of the book "Environment and Statecraft: The Strategy of Environmental Treaty-Making." He has advised a number of organizations, including the European Commission, the Global Environment Facility, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, various United Nations agencies and the World Bank and served on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

The debate is part of the seventh annual Heartland Environmental and Resource Economics Workshop, an EPA sponsored event with support from Iowa State's Center for Agricultural and Rural Development and the Department of Economics. More information on the workshop and the debate is available at


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