Panel Discussion: Global Solution or Country Specific Solutions? Chair: Ed Nell, Professor of Economics, New School for Social Research. Hirofumi Uzawa, Social Common Capital Research Tokyo. Ernst U. von Weizsaecker, International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management. Nathaniel Keohane, Walker Foundation, Environmental Defense Fund. Charles Komanoff, Carbon Tax Center.
For two days, academics from around the world, government officials, and policy analysts examined the economic issues associated with carbon emissions, climate change, and emission regulation. The conference offered important lessons on how to enact effective climate change policy despite the United States fragile economy and the post-Copenhagen tensions between developed and developing countries.
Nathaniel Keohane is an economist, advocate, and expert on climate, environment, and energy issues. Dr. Keohane is a Vice President for Global Climate at Environmental Defense Fund, a leading nonprofit advocacy organization based in New York.
In 2011-2012, he served in the Obama Administration as Special Assistant to the President for Energy and Environment in the National Economic Council and Domestic Policy Council, where he helped to develop and coordinate administration policy on a wide range of energy and environmental issues.
Charles Komanoff is widely known for his work as an energy-policy analyst, transport economist and environmental activist in New York City. He "re-founded" NYC's bike-advocacy group Transportation Alternatives in the 1980s, co-founded the pedestrian-rights group Right Of Way in the 1990s, and wrote or edited the landmark reports Subsidies for Traffic, The Bicycle Blueprint, and Killed By Automobile.
Earlier, Komanoff gained prominence for deconstructing the disastrous economics of nuclear power as author-researcher and expert witness for states and municipalities across the U.S.
Ed Nell is Professor of Economics at the New School for Social Research.
Hirofumi Uzawa is an economist, professor emeritus of Tokyo University, and a member of the Japan Academy.
Uzawa majored in mathematics at University of Tokyo, and went on to its graduate school, obtaining a doctorate in Mathematics. He went to study Economics at Stanford University in 1956 with Fulbright fellowship, and became an assistant, then assistant professor, and then associate professor at Stanford. He was assistant professor at the University of California, Berkeley and professor at the University of Chicago, and later assumed the position of professor of the Department of Economics at Tokyo University in 1969. He also taught at Niigata University, Chuo University, and United Nations University.
Uzawa is currently serving as senior fellow at the social, commonness, and capital research center of Doshisha University. He held the position of the chairman of the Econometric Society from 1976 to 1977. He became a member of the Japan Academy in 1989. He has been row in Japanese Culture Merit in 1983, and won the Order of Culture in 1997.
Uzawa initiated the field of mathematical economics in postwar days and formulated the growth theory of neoclassical economics. This is reflected in the Uzawa two-sector growth model and the Uzawa condition, among others.
Ernst U. von Weizsäcker
Ernst von Weizsäcker joined the Bren School as Dean in January 2006. Previously, he served as the policy director at the United Nations Centre for Science and Technology for Development, director of the Institute for European Environmental Policy, and president of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, and Energy. He is a member of the Club of Rome, a global think tank devoted to improving society, and he served on the World Commission on the Social Dimensions of Globalization. Later, he became a member of the Bundestag, the federal parliament of Germany, where he was appointed chairman of the Environmental Committee. He has also served as a professor of interdisciplinary biology and was the founding president of the University of Kassel in Germany.
Von Weizsäcker has authored several influential books on the environment, including Earth Politics and Factor Four: Doubling Wealth, Halving Resource Use.