Sen. Ron Wyden Talks about Technology and Climate Change

Just a month before the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, energy experts who had gathered in Washington, DC, for the Emerging Technologies/Emerging Economies conference headed to Capitol Hill to talk about how technology and innovation will help emerging economies limit energy consumption and production of greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change.

Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon was the first speaker at the November 5 event, which drew several dozen Capitol Hill staffers, media, researchers, and others. Wyden, a Democrat who serves on the Senate Energy Committee, chairing its Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests, and on the Finance Committee, chairing the Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs and Global Competitiveness, emphasized the importance of innovative technologies—like those being developed and disseminated by conference participants—for a more sustainable for future. He pledged to keep a close eye on how new and existing technologies could help solve global crises like environmental problems, emerging challenges, shortage of clean water and food, and health problems.

The Capitol Hill event was organized by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, which partnered with the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at the University of California, Santa Barbara, to organize the Emerging Technologies/Emerging Economies conference in Washington, DC, November 4-6. The event was moderated by David Rejeski, who directs the center’s Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies.