Moderator: Ray Suarez
with Jim Lehrer
Robert A. Hefner III
Founder and Owner
The GHK Company
Sr. Vice President
William S. Becker
State of Montana
D. James Baker
Union of Concerned
Council on Energy
Sen. Claire McCaskill
State of Missouri
Association for the
Study of Peak Oil
Denver Performing Arts Complex
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Moderator: Ray Suarez
Introduction: Three Carbon Sources
Robert A. Hefner III, Dick Kelly, Steven Leer, Andrew Liveris, Fred Palmer
Topic Expansion: Addressing the Economic Constraints
William S. Becker, Carol Browner, Rep. Richard Gephardt, Jerome Ringo, Gov. Brian Schweitzer, Tim Wirth
Topic Expansion : Challenges and Opportunities
D. James Baker, Kevin Knobloch, David Lester, Sen. Claire McCaskill, Michael Northrop, Randy Udall
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.