The California legislature just passed the California Climate Change Act of 2006 California to adopt by 2020 a statewide greenhouse emissions limit equivalent to the statewide greenhouse gas emissions levels in 1990. Will the act help or hurt the California economy? Many business leaders predict higher costs will drive out businesses and reduce jobs while others argue that the act will spur innovation and create new jobs and opportunities for California. This talk will explore arguments on both sides of the issue and identify likely winners and losers in this pioneering effort to reduce greenhouse emissions.
Claire Starry is president of TDS Economics, a research and consulting firm specializing in applied economics. Prior to founding TDS Economics, Claire was a program director at SRI International. In addition to her work as a consultant, Claire has taught a variety of undergraduate and MBA courses in economics. She has a BA in economics from the University of Santa Clara and a MA and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Washington.