Professor Thomas Brewer Travels the Globe, Discusses Need for International Efforts in Climate Change Policy

July 25, 2008

From Washington D.C., to Italy, Associate Professor Thomas Brewer has spent his summer traveling the globe in support of business-driven climate change policy. The highly qualified expert, who joined the McDonough School of Business in 1985, specializes in issues associated with climate change, including the intersections of climate change issues with international trade, technology transfer, and investment issues.

Brewer's most recent work has been in demand for several high-level conferences on the topic, and this summer he presented his research at:

  • The Brookings Institution in Washington;
  • the Canada Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center and the Policy Forum in Ottawa, Canada;
  • the Swedish Network of European Economists in Molle, Sweden;
  • the Climate Strategies Network in Berlin, Germany;
  • the Danish Government and German Marshall Fund of the US in Copenhagen, Denmark;
  • the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Center for International Trade and Sustainable Development in Geneva, Switzerland;
  • the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in Brussels, Belgium;
  • the German Society for the Promotion of Economic Research;
  • and Venice International University in Venice, Italy.

Brewer's research explores the growing concerns over global climate change, and how those concerns have not made the process of improvement any easier. As primary issues standing in the way, he cites international competitiveness, free rider dilemmas, and "leakage" problems - when industries move outside of geographical and policy boundaries, to emit pollution that would have normally been prevented or traded on the open market. Much of his published work focuses particularly on the U.S. political economy responses to those issues.

He states, "The investment banks in the US have begun to take climate change seriously, after lagging behind their European rivals for many years. The only significant action in the U.S. national government is in the Congress thus far, where there are about a dozen bills pending. The most likely outcome is passage by Congress and signing by the new president of legislation establishing a mandatory U.S. cap-and-trade system."

For more information on this interesting topic, please see his most recent publications:

  • Brookings Institution Conference Paper
  • CESifo Venice Summer Institute Workshop Paper
  • Center for Business and Public Policy Paper

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