The Climate Change Death Spiral:lse-old-building
Wildfires, Money, and Politics


Please join us for an interactive panel discussion featuring speakers on the future of the climate and energy policy in California.


Details on panel members are below.  Space is limited.


Date:  Thursday, September 12th, 2019

Time:  5:30 to 7:30pm


Location:  Startup Basecamp 900 Franklin Street, San Francisco CA 94109


Price:  $20 non-members and all guests / $10 discount for AFLSE member (Please consider joining or renewing your AFLSE membership.)


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Event Details...


5:30PM Thu 12 Sep 2019, Pacific timezone


Startup Basecamp
900 Franklin St
San Francisco, CA 94109

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Look Who's Coming:

Saumitra (ShowMeThrow) Saha
Jennifer Hobart
Cassie Field
  On Lok
Christopher Westling
Alan Avila
Guest of Alan Avila
Gretchen Taylor
Amelia Timbers
Lynsey Chediak
  World Economic Forum
Rishabh Kumar
Zachary Abrams
  Stratim Capital
Teo Bodre
Pamela Pillsbury
Tyler Woodbury
Guest of Tyler Woodbury
Erin Brodwin
Sandy Klemm
  Stanford University
David Park
Dabney Park
Judy Wang
Samuel Dooman
Alexandra Fraser
Guest of Alexandra Fraser
India Emerick
Gregory Molnar
Mauricio Santana
Austin Baltes
Stephanie Bonham
David Park
Jan Barnes
Alan Dunne
Chase Morgan
Shawn Thomas
Michael Katz
jisu kim
Stefan Seltz-Axmacher
  Starsky Robotics
... a total of 39 guests.
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Panelists at this event:


  • Severin Borenstein is Faculty Director at the Energy Institute of the Haas School of Business.  Dr. Borenstein has deep expertise in the public and private economics of renewables electricity generation - including how market forces can encourage an impactful response to climate change.  Dr. Borenstein has observed that “working on the economics of energy and climate change, wince-inducing statements of “fact” are everywhere.”  He was the winner of the International Association for Energy Economics, Outstanding Contributions to the Profession Award, and holds a Ph.D. in Economics from MIT.


  • Steve Bennett founded Riskpulse to link climate-risk modeling to the logistics of shipping temperature-sensitive products such as beer and mayonnaise across the country. In the mid-90s, Steve was a meteorologist and broadcaster for WOR Radio in New York City where he produced a special report that was highly-skeptical of climate change. His career moved to The Weather Channel and then to Enron where he helped to forecast the price of natural gas. Following Enron’s implosion, Steve developed analytics to support natural gas, electricity, and reinsurance investment strategies at Citadel Investment Group. Steve then moved to Scripps Institution of Oceanography/UC San Diego where the realities of climate-science brought a dramatic transformation from his work with WOR 15-years earlier.


  • Gretchen Parker Taylor is a Partner at Environmental Resources Management (ERM) and graduated from LSE, where she received an MSc in Environmental Assessment.  Gretchen advises power sector clients, including PG&E and Southern California Edison, on the development and maintenance of their energy infrastructure with a focus on safety and sustainability.  She also supports PG&E’s wildfire risk reduction program. Gretchen is a member of the Association of Environmental Professionals and the San Francisco Planning & Urban Research Association.


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