Issues & Ideas Forum, April 29, 2010
Listen to Expert Speakers Over Lunch
legislative staff, news media and other interested friends are cordially
invited to the Mackinac Center for Public Policy's
29 ISSUES & IDEAS FORUM
"Cap-and-Trade and Michigan's Economy"
Senior vice president and chief economist with the
American Council for Capital Formation
Thursday, April 29, 2010
TIME: Noon - 1 p.m.
LOCATION: Radisson Hotel Lansing, Michigan Rooms II & III
111 N. Grand Avenue, Lansing, MI 48933
COST: Lunch is provided at no charge with reservation.
like the federal Waxman-Markey bill, designed to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions, threatens to further slow the economy, particularly in Michigan. If
such restrictions on energy use are passed, Michigan's gross state product,
employment, industrial output, state budget revenues and household income would
would these policies appreciably help the environment: U.S. climate change
policies will have virtually no environmental benefits unless developing countries,
whose emissions are skyrocketing, also participate. Solutions include:
improving the U.S. tax code to reduce the cost of new, cleaner technology;
promoting market reforms to allow the developing world access to cleaner
technologies; using nuclear power for electricity generation; and continuing
with global approaches, such as the Asia Pacific Partnership and the Major
Thorning is an internationally recognized expert on tax, environmental and
competitiveness issues. She has testified as an expert witness on capital
formation and environmental issues before several U.S. congressional
committees. Thorning writes and lectures on tax and economic policy, is
frequently quoted in publications such as the Financial Times, Suddeutsche
Zeitung, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and has appeared
internationally on public affairs news programs. She has made presentations on
the economic impact of climate change policy at forums in China, India, the
European Union, Russia and elsewhere.
Dr. Thorning served at the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of
Commerce and the Federal Trade Commission.
luncheon begins at noon. To make reservations, please call the Mackinac Center
at 989-631-0900 by 5 p.m. on April 23, 2010.
The Purpose of the Issues & Ideas Forum
nature of the legislative process is such that public policy debates are often
framed by specific constituencies and political pragmatism rather than by sound
principles. By offering a forum for wide-ranging discussion, the Mackinac
Center for Public Policy hopes to broaden the debate to include theoretical and
philosophical ideals — and how to achieve them. The best interests of Michigan
residents can be served only when legislation incorporates our best
understanding of legal, economic, psychological, moral and scientific