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Chriss Swaney
or Nancy Kobus

For immediate release:
April 15, 2003

Carnegie Mellon's Granger Morgan to Speak at National Environmental Conference

PITTSBURGH—M. Granger Morgan, a professor and head of the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, is scheduled to speak at a national environmental conference Tuesday, April 15, at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison, Wis. The event is hosted by Alliant Energy, a Fortune 1000 company based in Madison, Wis.

The event will bring together recognized leaders from the environmental, corporate, governmental and academic arenas to discuss practical steps that will begin to limit the impacts that global climate change is starting to have on the environment, according to Erroll B. Davis Jr., president, chairman, CEO of Alliant Energy and board chairman of Carnegie Mellon's board of trustees.

Morgan's presentation, "Policy Options for Dealing with Global Greenhouse Gases and Climate Change," will summarize the current state of efforts to control the emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.

Morgan said that "while serious federal policy to control greenhouse emissions is not likely during the current administration, there is a great deal of action already under way at the state and regional level." Morgan will review a number of technologies that can help in this effort and will conclude his remarks by challenging the electric power industry to consider becoming proactive.

"If the industry does not begin to suggest the regulatory policies for the future that make sense both technically and economically in a few years, they may end up facing policies that do neither," Morgan said.

The one-day conference also features presentations on the fundamentals of energy/climate interaction, options for suspending the global climate change experiment, global climate change policy considerations as well as market-based approaches to limiting the growth of global climate change.

Representatives from the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, General Motors and BP are scheduled to speak along with Vicky Bailey, assistant secretary for international affairs and domestic policy for the U.S. Department of Energy.

The following organizations are co-sponsoring the event: Natural Resources Defense Council, The Nature Conservancy, Chicago Climate Exchange, Edison Electric Institute, Carnegie Mellon, the University of Iowa's Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, the University of Wisconsin's Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, Electric Power Research Institute and the California Climate Action Registry.

For a complete list of speakers, the conference program, the Web site is:

Carnegie Mellon is one of the nation's leading research universities. The university's interdisciplinary approach provides graduates with professional and technical skills, and a strong science and liberal arts background. For more information contact

Alliant Energy is an energy-services provider that serves more than three million customers worldwide. Providing its regulated customers in the Midwest with electricity and natural gas service remains the company's primary focus. Other key business platforms include the international energy market and non-regulated domestic generation. For more information contact


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