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The Green New Deal: Visionary or Misguided?


The Green New Deal: Visionary or Misguided?

In early 2019, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts introduced the Green New Deal, a bold and ambitious resolution intended to combat climate change, address inequality, and revitalize the US economy. Some have endorsed the resolution as the economic paradigm shift needed to tackle the threat of climate change, but others dismiss it as a progressive agenda with potentially dangerous economic consequences. While support for the plan is undeniably divided, there is widespread belief that the United States faces profound environmental, social, and economic threats.

At the center of debate about the Green New Deal is a question about its direction, scope, and feasibility. Is the plan a visionary blueprint intended to address the country’s most pressing problems, or is it a set of misguided proposals that are unattainable and costly?

This full-day conference, in the format of a debate, will focus on key policy areas addressed by the Green New Deal: healthcare, education, infrastructure, climate change, and government finances. The goal of the event is to bring together policymakers, senior executives, academics, and other thought leaders to debate the Green New Deal and develop a pathway toward real and impactful change.

Organized by the Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy, a joint initiative of Columbia Business School and Columbia Law School.


Interested in learning more about the Green New Deal? Take a look at the Richman Center's recommended reading list, featuring work by conference speakers and Columbia faculty.




Please note that the program may change in the weeks leading up to the conference.

8:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m. | Breakfast and Registration

9:00 a.m.–9:25 a.m. | Remarks by Pierre Yared, Gillian Lester, and Richard Richman

Pierre Yared, MUTB Professor of International Business, Columbia Business SchoolGillian Lester, Dean and Lucy G. Moses Professor of Law, Columbia Law SchoolRichard Richman, Chairman and Founder, The Richman Group

9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m. | Economic Security

Matthew Continetti, Founding Editor, The Washington Free Beacon Ioana Marinescu, Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and PracticeAlbert Wenger, Managing Partner, Union Square VenturesModerated by Robert Smith, Host, NPR’s Planet Money

10:30 a.m.–10:45 a.m. | Break

10:45 a.m.–11:00 a.m. | Remarks by Costis Maglaras

Costis Maglaras, Dean, David and Lyn Silfen Professor of Business, Columbia Business SchoolIntroduction by Ed Morrison, Charles Evans Gerber Professor of Law, Columbia Law School

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | Energy and the Environment

Robert Bryce, Author and FilmmakerDan Carol, Director, Center for Financial Markets, Milken InstituteJonathan Elkind, Senior Research Scholar, Center on Global Energy PolicyModerated by Alexis Crow, Senior Fellow, Richard Paul Richman Center, and Geopolitical Investing Lead, PwC

12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m. | Lunch

1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. | Government Debt

Jared Bernstein, Senior Fellow, Center on Budget and Policy PrioritiesDouglas Holtz-Eakin, President, American Action ForumStephanie Kelton, Professor of Public Policy and Economics, Stony Brook UniversityModerated by Kate Davidson, Economic Policy Reporter

2:30 p.m.–2:45 p.m. | Break

2:45 p.m.–3:45 p.m. | Healthcare

James C. Capretta, Resident Fellow, American Enterprise InstituteSherry Glied, Dean and Professor of Public Service, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, NYUSteffie Woolhandler, Distinguished Professor of Public Health, City University of New York at Hunter CollegeModerated by Margot Sanger-Katz, Correspondent, New York Times

3:45 p.m.–4:00 p.m. | Break

4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. | Education

Sandy Baum, Senior Fellow, The Urban InstituteDavid Bergeron, Senior Fellow for Postsecondary Education Policy, Center for American ProgressMax Eden, Senior Fellow, Manhattan InstituteModerated by Erik German, Senior Fellow, Richard Paul Richman Center, and Producer, Retro Report

5:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m. | Closing Remarks and Reception



This event is open to the public and on the record. Advance registration is required to attend. By attending, you consent to appearing in any photos or videos produced by the Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy or affiliated third parties. No personal recordings are allowed. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us in advance at cmljaG1hbmNlbnRlciB8IGdzYiAhIGNvbHVtYmlhICEgZWR1.
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