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Labor, Energy and the Economy, Nov 21

While increasing energy usage by the largest nations in the world drives the global economy, the resulting burden of climate change is heaviest on the poorest people in the most fragile countries. At the same time, inequality is widespread globally; even in America, 42% of children born into poverty will stay in poverty for their entire lives. How can we address global poverty and climate change while building a strong world economy?

Come hear Former Secretary of Labor and Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy, Professor Robert Reich, and Daniel Kammen, Class of 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy & Director of Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL), speak about income inequality, energy and climate policy, and the way forward at RAEL’s policy panel, “Labor, energy, and the economy – The Impact of Climate Change and Inequality.”

Daniel M. Kammen is the Class of 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy in the Energy and Resources Group, the Goldman School of Public Policy, and the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of California at Berkeley. During 2010 – 2011 Kammen served as the first Chief Technical Specialist for the World Bank, where he led efforts to promote renewable energy development and energy efficiency in developing countries. He was appointed by former Secretary of State Clinton as a Fellow of the U. S. State Department’s Energy and Climate Partnership for the Americas (ECPA), and serves as Lead Scholar of the Fullbright NEXUS program.

Kammen has served as a coordinating lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. Kammen serves on the National Technical Advisory Board of the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency. He is the author of over 250 journal publications, 4 books, 30 technical reports, and has testified in front of state and the US House and Senate over 30 times.

Robert B. Reich is the Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. He has served in three national administrations, most recently as secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton. He also served on President-Elect Obama’s transition advisory board. Professor Reich is co-founding editor of The American Prospect magazine. His commentaries can be heard weekly on public radio’s Marketplace. In 2003, Reich was awarded the prestigious Vaclav Havel Vision Foundation Prize, by the former Czech president, for his pioneering work in economic and social thought. In 2008, Time Magazine named him one of the ten most successful cabinet secretaries of the century.

Professor Reich received his B.A. from Dartmouth College, his M.A. from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and his J.D. from Yale Law School.

Sponsored by Renewable & Appropriate Energy Laboratory. Co-Sponsored by CITRIS.



This event is free and open to the public. Feel free to bring your own lunch (coffee and soda are

not allowed in the auditorium).

Live broadcast at http://video.citris.berkeley.edu/playlists/webcast.

The talk can be viewed post-event on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/citrisuc.

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