Climate Issues Update 2018 Conference
This will be the fourth in a series of programs on selected climate change issues, organized by Friends of Blackwater -- with assistance from the West Virginia University College of Law Center for Energy and Sustainable Development, and with support from the Appalachian Stewardship Foundation.
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Lindsey BeallDoctoral candidate at George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communications
Amy HesslGeographer and paleoclimatologist at WVU
Brandi GaertnerDoctoral candidate in hydrology at WVU, faculty at Alderson Broaddus University
Andrew WilliamsEnvironmental Defense Fund Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs, Climate and Energy
Joshua FersheeProfessor and Associate Dean, WVU College of Law, Center for Energy and Sustainable Development
Zachary BarkleyMethane Researcher, Penn State University
Kenneth DavisProfessor of Atmospheric Science, Penn State
Kurt WaltzerManaging Director, Clean Air Task Force
Tina CartwrightAssociate Professor at Marshall University and Science Specialist with Cabell County Schools
Michael SvobodaProfessor at George Washington University, contributor to Yale Climate Connections project
Climate Change Communication
Families and communities want to talk honestly about our climate future. Students and teachers want to learn and teach effectively about climate science and policy choices. Businesses want to encourage customers and consumers to make climate-friendly choices. Advocates want to build political support for climate policy and solutions. Political leaders want good communication with constituents about climate issues -- and vice versa. Expert presenters and group discussion will examine what we know and don’t yet know about climate communication – and how we can discover and implement the knowledge we need to improve.
Controlling Methane Emissions
Experts agree on the importance of controlling atmospheric methane emissions from natural gas leakage. The World Resources Institute estimates that limiting methane leakage to one percent or less of total natural gas production is an achievable and cost-effective near-term benchmark that will ensure that natural gas is less climate-intensive than substitutes such as coal, diesel fuel, and gasoline, and provide immediate and permanent climate benefits. Citizens, scientists, public agencies, and businesses must play an informed role in controlling natural gas emissions. Expert presenters and group discussion will address the technical, legal, financial, regulatory, and political aspects of this important issue.
Tax Credits for Carbon Capture
Recent legislation substantially increased federal tax credits for reducing greenhouse gas emissions using carbon capture, utilization, and storage (“CCUS”). The legislation guarantees eligibility for projects that commence construction within seven years of enactment, with credits claimed once carbon dioxide is captured and stored. Kurt Waltzer of the Clean Air Task Force said, “Today’s news should stimulate a number of new CCUS projects now on drawing boards across the country.” Expert presenters and group discussion will address the potential of this new financial incentive for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.