Energy is critical for economic growth. However, in many parts of the world, energy is expensive and unreliable. At the same time, the world’s energy choices lead to levels of pollution that are substantially shortening people’s lives in many countries and causing the planet’s climate to change. How can we increase access to inexpensive and reliable energy while limiting environmental damage and guarding against disruptive climate change? Economist Michael Greenstone, LAB’87, will explore key energy trends and outline the market, policy, and technology choices that will help meet the global energy challenge. Michael Greenstone, LAB’87, is the Milton Friedman Professor in Economics and director of the interdisciplinary Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago. He previously served as the chief economist for President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers and on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board. Greenstone, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and editor of the Journal of Political Economy, increasingly focuses his research on developing countries.


1 hour, 3 minutes, 13 seconds
June 9, 2016
Published: June 20, 2016