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Is Energy Efficiency the Answer?

The Future of Climate Policy in the U.S. -- Featuring Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM)

In an era of increasingly high oil and gas prices, concerns about CO2 emissions, and uncertainty about the security of supply, energy policy has come to dominate political discourse around the world. To date, the energy debate has centered largely on how to secure future energy supply and how to finance research into alternative sources of fuel. While these concerns are important, no energy policy will succeed without first mining our immense energy efficiency opportunities. After all, what's the point of increasing supplies that are destined to be wasted?

The good news is that there is a very large opportunity to moderate energy demand growth in economically attractive ways--and, in the process, cut CO2 emissions. Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM) kicked off the event with a major announcement and speech on energy, security and climate policy for the United States. And the McKinsey Global Institute unveiled the findings of their ground-breaking report Curbing Global Energy Demand Growth: The Energy Productivity Opportunity, offering a new fact base and policy options to curb energy demand.

To read Gov. Richardson's keynote address, please click here.


Hilton Washington - Monroe Room
1919 Connecticut Ave, NW Please enter on the Terrace Level
Washington, DC, 20009
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9:30 am - Registration

10:00 am - Welcome Remarks

  • Ted Halstead, President, New America Foundation

Keynote Address
Energy, Security, Climate: The First Step is Efficiency
  • Governor Bill Richardson (D-NM)

10:30 am - Report Release
Curbing Global Energy Demand Growth: The Energy Productivity Opportunity
  • Diana Farrell, Director, McKinsey Global Institute, McKinsey & Company's economics research arm

11:00 am - Panel Discussion: Is Energy Efficiency the Climate Policy Answer?
  • Terry Tamminen
    Cullman Senior Fellow and Director, Climate Program, New America Foundation
  • Bill Prindle
    President, American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy
  • Lisa Margonelli
    Fellow, New America Foundation
    Author, Oil on the Brain
  • John Stowell
    VP Environmental, Health and Safety Leadership, Duke Energy
  • Linda J. Fisher
    Vice President & Chief Sustainability Officer, DuPont
    Former Deputy Administrator, EPA (George W. Bush Administration)
  • Steve Howard (moderator)
    CEO, The Climate Group

11:40 am - Q&A

Event Time and Location

Thursday, May 17, 2007 - 10:30am - 1:00pm