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Energy and Climate Change 2010: Back to the Future

Event starts on  May 18, 2010 and ends on  May 18, 2010
Location:  Washington, DC

International negotiations in Copenhagen last December marked a turning point in the prospects for a global agreement on climate change. The talks were successful on some critical areas—such as an unprecedented number of domestic reduction pledges from both developed and developing countries as well as pledges to reduce emissions from deforestation and initial commitments for financing—but many daunting challenges remain to be tackled in 2010 at the national and international levels. Perhaps the most important results of Copenhagen are the implications for the future of the United Nations process on global warming and the necessity for economically sound U.S. domestic action to reduce carbon emissions.

Meanwhile, despite some progress, efforts have stalled to forge a bipartisan congressional agreement this year on climate change legislation that would combine limits on carbon emissions with incentives for other energy sources.

On May 18, the Brookings Institution will hold a forum on energy and climate policy. Brookings President Strobe Talbott will welcome participants and Brookings Managing Director William Antholis will moderate a panel on international climate diplomacy. Offering the administration perspective, Todd Stern, special climate envoy at the Department of State, will provide one keynote address, and David Sandalow, assistant secretary for policy and international affairs at the Department of Energy, will deliver a second. Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf will offer remarks at lunch.

Registration for the panel discussions is still open, but seats for lunch are no longer available. Media may contact Susan Kellam at

Tuesday, May 18, 2010
9:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Atrium Hall
The Ronald Reagan Building
1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC