May 19 webinar to discuss U.S. carbon price, opportunities for innovation

Laur Fisher | MIT Center for Collective Intelligence | MIT Climate Change Blog
May 19, 2015

On May 19, at 12 p.m. EDT, the MIT Climate CoLab will be hosting an online conversation with George P. Shultz, former U.S. secretary of state; Phil Sharp, former U.S. representative (D-IN) and current President of Resources for the Future; and Bob Inglis, former U.S. representative (R-SC) and current director of RepublicEN. The discussion will be moderated by Leah Stokes, a PhD candidate at MIT graduating this spring.
The three panelists are advisors for a contest run out of the MIT Climate CoLab, which seeks novel policies, political or social mobilization strategies, or other methods that could lead to the enactment of a price on carbon emissions and/or other greenhouse gases in the United States, either through action by the U.S. Congress or otherwise.
The conversation will cover several prominent issues in the news on carbon pricing in the U.S., including:

  • thoughts on the major political challenges facing carbon pricing in the U.S.;
  • how much has public and political mobilization changed in the last year, including how (if at all) last November's People’s Climate March made a difference in this conversation;
  • strengths and weaknesses of various policy approaches; and
  • opportunities for political, social, and technical innovation.

The free webinar will provide an exciting resource for those considering submitting a contest entry by the June 13 deadline. It will also allow the general public to learn about the current challenges and opportunities in successfully implementing a price on carbon in the United States. Questions will be answered from webinar participants on the topics discussed and about the contest.
The Climate CoLab, run out of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, is an online platform where a growing community of over 30,000 experts and non-experts work together to address challenges related to climate change. For more information, visit