The Conservative Case for Acting on Climate: Why Putting a Price on Carbon Matters - A Conversation with Jerry Taylor

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Memorial Union Building, Theater II, Durham

According to many conservatives, the core purpose of government is to protect rights to life, liberty and property. If greenhouse gas emissions threaten to violate those rights, then government must act against the threat.  You are invited to come hear Niskanen Center President Jerry Taylor discuss the conservative and moral imperative for addressing climate change—and how it should be done.


 Jerry Taylor is the president of the Niskanen Center. Prior to founding the Center in 2014, Mr. Taylor spent 23 years at the Cato Institute, where he served as director of natural resource studies, assistant editor of Regulation magazine, senior fellow, and then vice president. Before that, Mr. Taylor was the staff director for the energy and environment task force at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

Over the past two decades, Mr. Taylor has been one of the most prominent and influential libertarian voices in energy policy in Washington. He is the author of numerous policy studies, has testified often before Congress, and his commentary has appeared in The Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and other prominent print and electronic outlets.

Panelists Include: 

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Michael Ettlinger: Director, UNH Carsey School of Public Policy. Formerly Senior Director for the Fiscal and Economic Policy at the Pew Charitable Trusts and before that, Vice President for Economic Policy at the Center for American Progress.


Joseph Keefe:  President and Chief Executive Officer of Pax World Funds and its investment adviser, Pax World Management LLC, as well as its majority-owned subsidiary, Pax Ellevate Management LLC. Under Joe’s leadership, Pax World has become one of the leading innovators in the rapidly growing field of sustainable investing. Prior to joining Pax World, Joe was President of NewCircle Communications, a strategic consulting and communications firm specializing in corporate social responsibility and public policy-oriented communications.


Discussion moderated by Fiona Wilson, Clinical Associate Professor of Social Innovation, Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability and Executive Director of the Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise.


The event is sponsored by the Carsey School of Public Policy, Environmental Defense Fund,  The Sustainability Institute, The Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise, Climate Solutions New England and The Rudman Public Forum Series.