Obama's Global Warming Initiative - Dan Esty

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Yale professor Dan Esty discusses the implications of Obama's climate change plan and the larger goal of switching to clean, renewable energy. (3:58)

(LAUGHTER)SO THERE IS NOT ONE SINGLEREASON

TO SUPPORT THESE NEWREGULATIONS.

HERE TO GIVE ME MULTIPLE REASONSTO SUPPORT THESE NEW

REGULATIONS, PLEASE WELCOME YALEPROFESSOR OF ENVIRONMENTAL LAW

AND POLICY, AND THE FORMERCOMMISSIONER OF THE CONNECTICUT

DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY ANDENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, DAN

ESTY!

DAN, THANKS SO MUCH FOR COMINGBACK!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)DAN!

WHY ON EARTH?

YOU EXPLAIN TO ME,MR. ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES YALE

SMARTY PANTS, WHY IS OBAMADECLARING WAR ON COAL AND IS HE

GOING TO DRAW THE TROOPS OUT OFAFGHANISTAN AND SEND THEM

STRAIGHT INTO WEST VIRGINIA?

>> STEPHEN, I'M AFRAID TO TELLYOU THERE'S NO WAR.

>> Stephen: WAR ON COAL.

NO WAR ON COAL.

>> Stephen: IT'S A MODESTFIRST STEP.

IT'S A POLICE ACTION AGAINSTCOAL.

LIKE KENNEDY TOOK A MODEST STEPIN VIETNAM.

>> HE'S DONE COMMON SENSE THINGSTO BEGIN A TRANSITION TO A CLEAN

ENERGY FUTURE.

>> Stephen: WHY NOT CLEANCOAL, IT HAS THE WORD CLEAN IN

IT, YOU'VE GOTTA ADMIT THAT.

>> IT COULD BE WE WILL HAVECLEAN COAL BUT WE NEED A BROADER

PORTFOLIO AND WE HAVE A CHANCETO SHIFT TOWARD CHEAPER AND

CLEANER NATURAL GAS IN A PRETTYBIG WAY.

>> Stephen: SO YOU ENVIRONMENTALTYPES ARE ALL FOR FRACKING,

SHATTERING THE BEDROCK WITH ASLURRY OF UNKNOWN CHEMICALS.

>> THERE IS NEED FORREGULATIONS --

>> Stephen: HERE WE GO,REGULATIONS.

WON'T REGULATIONS AND CLOSINGTHE COAL PLANTS, WON'T THAT COST

AMERICAN JOBS?

>> NOT NECESSARILY.

THERE WILL BE SOME TRANSITION.

>> Stephen: YEAH?

THERE IS ALSO A HUGEPOTENTIAL -- IF YOU LOOK AT

WHAT WE DID IN THE STATEOF CONNECTICUT, WHERE WE'VE

BEGUN THE TRANSITION, RAMPING UPRENEWABLE ENERGY, SOLAR, WIND

AND A VARIETY OF -->> Stephen: THE SUN SHINES IN

CONNECTICUT?

>> THE BIGGEST SOLAR POWERCOUNTRY IN THE WORLD IS GERMANY,

WHICH IS LESS SUNNY THANCONNECTICUT.

SO THERE ARE PLACES THAT MADETHIS TRANSITION BEGIN TO HAPPEN

AND YOU'RE SEEING JOB GROWTH INDEPLOYMENT OF THE RENEWABLE

RESOURCES, DELIVERING ENERGY FOREVERY HOUSE AND IT'S LOWER COST

AND GREATER COMPETITIVENESS.

>> Stephen: BUT IN THE MEANTIME,TILL WE GET THERE, THERE

ARE GONNA BE SOME JOBS LOST.

>> SOME TRANSITION.

>> Stephen: TRANSITION?

TRANSITION.

>> Stephen: HOW MANY PEOPLEWILL BE IN THE TRANSITION BREAD

LINES?

(LAUGHTER)>> YOU KNOW, IF THERE WERE

REALLY A SERIOUS EFFORT TO MAKETHIS WORK ACROSS THE COUNTRY,

YOU WOULD PROBABLY WANT TOINVEST IN WEST VIRGINIA AS A

RESEARCH CENTER FOR WIND POWER,SOLAR POWER AND SOME OF THE NEW

TECHNOLOGIES.

>> Stephen: OBAMA IS LETTINGEVERY STATE DO THIS IN THEIR OWN

WAY.

THERE'S A STANDARD BUT EVERYSTATE GETS TO SET UP THEIR OWN

CARBON EXCHANGES OR WHATEVERTHEY WANT.

>> THAT'S A GOOD STRATEGY -->> Stephen: BECAUSE POLLUTION

STAYS IN A PARTICULAR STATE? ITDOESN'T GO FROM STATE TO STATE?

>> FLOWS STATE TO STATE ANDGLOBAL WARMING.

THE GREENHOUSE GASES BLANKETTHE EARTH SO THERE'S A NEED TO

GET A GLOBAL PICTURE OF THISTAKEN CARE OF.

YOU START IN EACH COUNTRY BUT TOGET IT ON THE GROUND, STATE

LEVEL ACTION MAKES SENSE.

>> Stephen: YOU SCIENCE PEOPLEPUT YOUR FAITH IN GLOBAL

WARMING. YOU TELL ME WHEN IBREATHE OUT I'M BREATHING OUT

CO2. SO DO I HAVE TO BREATHE 30%LESS BY 2030, OR CAN I DO CARBON

OFFSETS BY SMOTHERING A POORPERSON WITH A PILLOW?

(LAUGHTER)IT'S OKAY!

OBAMA WANTS ME TO!

HOLD STILL!

OBAMA WANTS ME TO!

>> I THINK THERE WILL BEALTERNATIVES TO THE PILLOW

SMOTHERING TECHNIQUE.

>> Stephen: WE'LL WAIT ANDSEE.

DAN, THANK YOU SO MUCH FORJOINING ME

(APPLAUSE)DAN ESTY, YALE UNIVERSITY!

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK!

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