Consumers of America
President & CEO
Aspen Skiing Co.
Dr. Jeff Kenna
Rose McKinney James
Energy and Climate
Sen. Amy Klobuchar
State of Minnesota
Center for American
Progress Action Fund
University of California
Denver Performing Arts Complex
8:00 am - 9:45 am
Moderator: Rick Stengel
Introduction: Practical Examples of the Business Impact
Paul Cicio, Dan Hendrix, Mike Kaplan, Dr. Jeff Kenna, Rose McKinney James, Dan Reicher
Topic Expansion: Resources for Business Leadership
Frances Beinecke, Leo Gerard, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Navin Nayak, John Podesta, Dan Sperling
The 2008 Energy and Climate Change Roundtable is designed as three discussions among an array of knowledgeable participants. A moderator will lead each of the three sessions, encouraging dynamic, substantive interchange among the participants, bringing local, state, national and international perspectives to the forefront. Seated in a venue with a capacity for 550 persons, the audience for the Roundtable will include individuals with a particular interest in the subject of energy and climate change.
State and local leadership have largely led the way in implementing on-the-ground solutions to address global climate change and to diversify the energy economy. For this reason, the sessions presented below will focus on innovative actions at the state and local level in particular, while incorporating the need to build a more effective partnership at the federal level in what is now increasingly an international climate reality.
8:00 am to 9:45 am, the Space Theatre
The global challenge of climate change has moved to the top of the boardroom agenda as businesses strive to balance their economic interests while recognizing the global imperative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. A full range of challenges and opportunities facing business leaders will be explored in this session, regarding capitalization, research and development, technology transfer, the policy regime, and the emerging carbon market.
10:00 am to 11:45 am, the Space Theatre
This roundtable will focus on balancing the benefits of traditional energy resources as a nationally secure base load resource against depleting supplies and the need to reduce greenhouse gases in an increasingly carbon-constrained economy.
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm, the Space Theatre
This session will explore the rich array of resources in the “modern energy economy” with a focus on fuel resources, technology development, policy barriers and outlooks, energy security, and the capital formation required to achieve this transformation.