BFI Friedman Forum For Undergrads: The Global Energy Challenge

Saieh Hall for Economics, Room 021

Economic growth depends critically on access to reliable energy. However, in much of the world, access to energy remains low and supply is often unreliable. At the same time, the world’s energy choices are leading to levels of pollution that are substantially shortening people’s lives and causing climate change. The energy and growth challenge requires identifying solutions to these problems of access to inexpensive and reliable energy, while limiting environmental damage and guarding against disruptive climate change. In this Friedman Forum talk, Michael Greenstone will explore key energy trends and outline both the market and technology forces at play to meet this challenge.

Featuring Michael Greenstone:
Michael Greenstone is the Milton Friedman Professor of Economics and Director of the interdisciplinary Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago.  He previously served as the Chief Economist for President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers and on the EPA’s Science Advisory Board.  Greenstone also directed the Brookings Institution’s Hamilton Project, which studies policies to promote economic growth, and has since joined its Advisory Council. He is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and editor of the Journal of Political Economy. Before coming to Chicago, Greenstone was the 3M Professor of Environmental Economics at MIT.