Monday, May 18, 2009

Patt Morrison for Tues, May 19


Tuesday, May 19, 2009

1-3 p.m.


1:00 – 1:30

California Paves the way to Higher MPG…and the Rest of the Country Finally Follows

After seven years in the wilderness of the Bush Administration, California has not only won its long-running fight with the EPA to set its own tougher standards for automobile fuel efficiency but has become the model for a national standard.  In a deal that seeks to appease California, a skeptical auto industry and environmentalists, the Obama Administration will announce more stringent fuel efficiency standards that is more-or-less a copy of California’s mandate of a 30% reduction in the greenhouse gas emissions of all automobiles sold in the U.S. by 2016.  The biggest shocker in the deal is the willing participation of auto manufacturers—will it work, or is it too good to be true?



David Cole, chairman of the Center for Automotive Research



Robert Stavins, director of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program & professor of business & government at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government


  • Among his many other professional endeavors, Stavins is:  the editor of “The Review of Environmental Economics & Policy”; the chairman of Harvard’s Environmental & Natural Resources Faculty Group; the director of the Harvard Project on International Climate Agreements; and he’s a research associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research.



1:30 – 2:00





2:00 – 2:30

New Leader for NASA?

President Obama meets today [Tues] with Retired Marine Maj. Gen. Charles Bolden Jr., a candidate for the new head of NASA. Bolden’s nomination raises larger questions about the future of NASA: President Obama said in March that he wanted to reinvigorate the space program, but a new NASA administrator would need to persuade lawmakers to commit up to $120 billion for a new lunar program to ultimately prepare for a manned flight to Mars. In this economy?



John M. Logsdon, Charles A. Lindbergh Chair in Aerospace History, National Air and Space Museum Smithsonian Institution; member of the NASA Advisory Council

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Other Guests TBD



2:30 – 3:00



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