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Nov. 12: Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon's DC Speaker Series To Focus on US Climate Policy, Cap and Trade

Contact: Chriss Swaney / 412-268-5776 /

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon's DC Speaker Series
To Focus on US Climate Policy, Cap and Trade

College of Engineering Dean Pradeep Khosla To Moderate Discussion Among Environmental Experts

Event: Pradeep K. Khosla, dean of Carnegie Mellon University's College of Engineering, will moderate a panel of environmental and climate experts at the fifth annual Washington Speaker Series.

The panel discussion, titled "U.S. Climate Policy at a Crossroads: Will Cap and Trade Be Enough?" will feature Louis Finkel, chief of staff for the Congressional Committee on Science and Technology; Robert Fri, a visiting scholar for the Washington, D.C., nonprofit Resources for the Future; Sharon L. Hays, vice president of the Office of Science and Engineering at CSC, a global provider of technology-enabled solutions; Jim Hunter of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW); and Constantine "Costa" Samaras, associate engineer and policy analyst at the Rand Corp. and an adjunct faculty member in CMU's Department of Engineering and Public Policy. Prior to the panel discussion, Robert J. Wright, senior adviser for planning and environmental analysis at the Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy, will speak about the country's energy policy deliberations.

Panel members will discuss the role of cap and trade in the nation's energy policy debate. Cap and trade is a market-based mechanism to help reduce dangerous carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

Carnegie Mellon's Washington Speaker Series is a nonpartisan forum designed to enhance meaningful exchange among business, government and research leaders through an exploration of issues at the intersection of policy, technology and innovation. The series is sponsored by the university's top-ranked College of Engineering. For additional information about the series, please see

When: 7 - 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 18.

Where: Cosmos Club, 2121 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 20008