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Elections and Climate Change

Whether President Obama wins a second term or Mitt Romney unseats him, there will be consequences to the US and global climate policy. On Thursday, 25 October HSG will host a panel discussion about possible ramifications.<br/>


18 October 2012. Twelve days ahead of the U.S. elections, an expert panel at the University of St. Gallen will discuss the outlook for global energy and climate policies. In the light of a very tight race in the presidential election campaign, what will be the outlook for a country that accounts for nearly one fifth of global carbon emissions and continues to be the largest consumer of oil? How will the elections impact the outlook for renewable energies in the United States and elsewhere? Is the current deadlock in federal policies, such as the incentives for wind energy under the Production Tax Credit (PTC), going to be overcome after the election? Can state-level policies fill the gap? And how much does U.S. energy and climate policy matter anyway in a globalized world where European countries have adopted ambitious energy policy targets and economic power has increasingly shifted to Asia?

Event details
Public panel discussion, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, 18:30-19:30 h,

University of St. Gallen, Room 09-011, Dufourstr. 50, 9000 St. Gallen

Join us for a high-level discussion of these issues with the following experts:

  • Prof. James Davis, Director of the Institute for Political Science at the University of St. Gallen (IPW-HSG) with special focus on international politics
  • Prof. Ann Florini, Professor of Public Policy at Singapore Management University, Non-resident Senior Fellow at Brookings Institution, and currently Visiting Professor for Global Energy Governance at the University of St. Gallen
  • Prof. Rolf Wüstenhagen, Chair for Management of Renewable Energies, University of St. Gallen, and Academic Director of the executive education programme in Renewable Energy Management (
  • Moderator: Julia Fea, London, former political journalist at the BBC

Please register until Tuesday, October 23, 2012, by e-mail to Admission is free.

For further information please contact Ms. Vreny Knöpfler-Mousa, IWÖ-HSG, +41-71-224 25 84.

Picture: photocase / LiliConCarne

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