Policy & Law

Closing Keynote, Alison MacFarlane: "Nuclear Power in a post-Fukushima World"

YCEI’s sixth annual conference was dedicated to the future of nuclear energy. The closing keynote, delivered by former NRC Chairman Allison Macfarlane, focused on the 2011 earthquake and tsunami at the Daichi 2 plant in Fukushima, Japan.  Macfarlane shares the findings of Japan’s Diet investigative panel and observations of how the plant could withstand a 9.0 earthquake and tsunami, but be destroyed when its below-ground backup generators were submerged and unable to subsequently provide cooling power.

Afternoon Panel: "The Viability of Nuclear Energy: Policy, Regulation, and Finance"

E. Don Elliott (moderator) is Professor (Adjunct) of Law at Yale Law School and a leading academic scholar, as well as practitioner, in the fields of administrative and environmental law. He is also senior of counsel in the Washington D.C. office of Covington & Burling LLP, and co-chair of the firm’s Environmental Practice Group.

Luncheon Keynote, Matthew Crozat: "Who Governs Nuclear Power?"

Lunchtime keynote speaker Matthew Crozat explored the history of institutions created to direct the use of nuclear power, from the Eisenhower administration’s “Atoms for Peace” program through the evolution of the national laboratories and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Inspired by “Who Governs?”, the seminal work of Yale Sterling Professor…

Morning Panel: "Overcoming Barriers to a Nuclear Renaissance: Safety, Waste, and New Technology"

The morning panel featured leaders from industry, academia and the regulatory community discussing issues that have prevented greater reliance on nuclear power. Panelists responded to the question posed by conference organizer, Jared Milfred: “Can policy and technology satisfy questions regarding safety, waste disposal, and fear of proliferation, to allow nuclear power…

Pathways to Deep Carbonization. Matt Hoffman

University of Toronto Professor Hoffmann describes ongoing collaborative research and answers audience questions regarding attempts to conceptualize how climate governance experiments are working towards decarbonization. Hoffmann contends that politics and political dynamics are the lynchpin for conceptualizing how to disrupt carbon “lock-in” and foster pathways to decarbonization. Further, carbon lock-in is not a single system that needs disruption. On the contrary, the carbon ‘system’ that we experience is the result of multiple, interlocking systems that exist at multiple levels.

Preparing Farmers for a Changing Climate

In a presentation filmed October 29, 2013 at Yale, William Hohenstein, a forestry graduate of Duke University, discusses his role as Chairman of the USDA’s Global Change Task Force which includes representatives of thirteen USDA agencies and offices. Mr. Hohenstein serves on United States delegations to international negotiations on climate change. He has also has been a United States representative to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.


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