Science, Democracy and Community Decisions on Fracking: Program

July 25, 2013 | Los Angeles, CA

2:00 – 2:20

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Edward Parson, Professor of the UCLA School of Law; member of the National Advisory Board, Union of Concerned Scientists

Opening remarks
Kathleen Rest, Executive Director, Union of Concerned Scientists

Why Here and Now: Understanding how the best available science can help inform public’s discussions and decisions on fracking
Adrienne Alvord, Western States Director, Union of Concerned Scientists

“The Curious Case of Fracking—Questions from the road”: A Video Screening

Video remarks from Henry Waxman, United States Representative (D-CA)

2:20 – 2:45

State of the Science

Assessing the state of existing science and identifying key knowledge gaps to be addressed
Kevin Hurst, Former Assistant Director for Energy R&D at Office of Science and Technology Policy, the White House, presenting on behalf of the Science Working Group

Global energy security, economics, and geopolitics of fracking
Amy Myers Jaffe, Executive Director for Energy and Sustainability, University of California, Davis

2:45 – 3:10

The Policy and Regulatory Landscape

Strengths and weaknesses of the current regulatory landscape, and the role for science in the decision-making process
Kate Konschnik, Policy director of Harvard Law School’s Environmental Law and Policy program, and the former Chief Environmental Counsel to U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, presenting on behalf of the Policy Working Group

California in the context of the national debate over fracking
Felicia Marcus, Chair of the California Water Resources Control Board

3:10 – 3:35

The Public’s Access to Information

In Everyone’s Backyard: the fight for information in the high-stakes shale gas debate
Tom Wilber, author, Under the Surface: Fracking, Fortunes, and the Fate of the Marcellus Shale, and Shale Gas Review blog, presenting on behalf of the Public Access Working Group

Who Has a Say?: Where science and social justice meet and the public power to decide
Jose Bravo, Executive Director, Just Transition Alliance

3:35 – 3:45


3:45 – 4:40

Panel and Audience Discussion

4:40 – 4:50


Empowering citizens with information: the need for transparency in our democracy
Todd Platts, former United States Representative (R-PA)

4:50 – 5:00

Closing Remarks

Andrew Rosenberg, Director, Center for Science and Democracy, Union of Concerned Scientists

5:00 – 7:00


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