Pennsylvania Chamber, Pennsylvania Environmental Council to host Climate Change Summit


HARRISBURG, PA, May 5, 2010– The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council will hold a Climate Change Summit from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, June 8 at Radisson Penn Harris Hotel & Convention Center.

At the heart of the climate change debate is the extent of greenhouse gas emissions’ contribution to global warming and mankind’s contribution to greenhouse gasses. The summit will explore the potential economic and environmental impact of climate change policy, along with an overview of the scientific consensus on global warming, from both points of view.

“It’s somewhat uncommon for both sides of the issue to get together, but the answers that we all need – and the decisions that society will make on the best course of action – bring us together at this important moment,” PA Chamber President Floyd Warner said. The summit’s panelists are considered some of the most respected scientists, researchers and economists in the field of climate change, representing both sides of the discussion.

“We look forward to presenting a balanced, rational and respectful sharing of viewpoints as part of the process of finding common ground on reasonable solutions,” Warner said. “We are pleased that the Pennsylvania Environmental Council is joining us for this insightful program.”

The science of climate change will be examined first, followed by economic considerations of climate change policy. A question and answer session moderated by PA Chamber Vice President Gene Barr and PEC President Don Welsh will follow each segment.

Panelists for the summit are:

  • Dr. Brent Yarnal, professor of geography and director, Center for Integrated Regional Assessment, Pennsylvania State University
  • Dr. Roy Spencer, principal research scientist, University of Alabama, and author of the book “Climate Confusion”
  • Dr. James S. Shortle, distinguished professor of agriculture, and environmental economics director, Environmental and Natural Resources Institute, Pennsylvania State University
  • Dr. Margo Thorning, senior vice president and chief economist, American Council for Capital Formation

Registration information is available on the PA Chamber’s website,