Reform of national climate and energy policy has been placed on the front burner of American politics in recent months. The Midwest’s significance as an energy producer and consumer gives it a tremendous stake in this debate. Midwestern states alone account for 4-5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions and the Midwest economy as a whole is significantly more carbon intensive than the national average. In recognition of the Midwest’s unique role in the national energy debate, The Chicago Council for Global Affairs convened a Task Force on National Energy Policy and Midwest Regional Competitiveness, which includes approximately thirty individuals drawn from the political, commercial, academic, environmental, and civic leadership of the Midwest. This Task Force was generously supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.
On Monday June 8 2009, this Task Force will unveil its final report which provides Midwest leaders with a blueprint for limiting carbon emissions and reducing energy consumption while strengthening the regional economy. A roll out of the report by the Task Force cochairs will be followed by panels of experts discussing the national and international dimensions to the energy policy debate.
Canada's Minister of the Environment Jim Prentice will speak at this event.
Official Website: http://www.thechicagocouncil.org
Added by CHCGODuke on May 26, 2009