Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 4:30pm
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MIT, Room E51-115, Wong Auditorium, 70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

How to Talk about Energy and Climate

George P. Shultz, Former U.S. Secretary of State, Distinguished Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University

George P. Shultz will discuss his forty years of experience with energy issues and draw on that experience to reflet on current challenges and opportunities. In 2010 he was part of the successful campaign to defeat Proposition 23, a California ballot initiative to suspend the state’s ambitious law to curb greenhouse gases. Recently, he proposed a revenue-neutral federal tax on carbon to slash U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and oil consumption and, with Bob Armstrong, edited Game Changers, a book about the productivity of research and development in energy. A limited number of complimentary copies of Game Changers will be available for attendees.

A native of New York, Shultz graduated from Princeton University in 1942.  After serving in the Marine Corps (1942-45), he earned a PhD at MIT.  Shultz taught at MIT and the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, where he became dean in 1962.  He was appointed Secretary of Labor in 1969, Direc-tor of the Oe of Management and Budget in 1970, and Secretary of the Treasury in 1972.  From 1974 to 1982, he was President of Bechtel Group, Inc. Shultz served in the Reagan administration as Chairman of the President’s Economic Policy Advisory Board (1981-82) and Secretary of State (1982-89).  Since 1989, he has been a Distinguished Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.  He is Honorary Chairman of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, Advisory Council Chair of the Precourt Institute for Energy Efficiey at Stanford, Chair of the MIT Energy Initiative External Advisory Board, and Chair of the Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy at the Hoover Institution.  His most recent books are Issues on My Mind: Strategies for the Future (2013), and Game Changers: Energy on the Move (2014).

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