America's Climate Choices

America's Climate Choices

An Oppenheim Lecture featuring Albert Carnesale, UCLA Chancellor Emeritus & Professor, Department of Public Policy and Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, held on October 12, 2011 at the UCLA Fowler Museum.


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In 2008, Congress asked the National Academy of Sciences to establish a Committee to investigate and make recommendations on the steps needed and strategies required in response to global climate change.


The National Academy report, America’s Climate Choices, was submitted to Congress in May 2011. Dr. Carnesale, who chaired this Committee, identified and discussed key issues addressed and gave an overview of the report’s recommendations to guide America’s efforts to control greenhouse gas emissions and provide leadership to prepare for unavoidable climate change effects.


About the Lecturer

Albert Carnesale is Chancellor Emeritus and Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He was Chancellor of the University from July 1, 1997 through June 30, 2006, and now serves as Professor of Public Policy and of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. His research and teaching focus on public policy issues having substantial scientific and technological dimensions, and he is the author or co-author of six books and more than 100 articles on a wide range of subjects, including national security strategy, arms control, nuclear proliferation, the effects of technological change on foreign and defense policy, domestic and international energy issues, and higher education.


Carnesale is a member of the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future, which was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Energy at the direction of the President.    He chaired the National Academies Committees on America’s Climate Choices, on Nuclear Forensics, and on U.S. Conventional Prompt Global Strike.  He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a member of the Council of Foreign Relations.  In addition, he is a member of the Mission Committees of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Board of Directors of Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and the Advisory Board of the RAND Corporation’s Center for Global Risk and Security.  He serves also on the Boards of Directors of Teradyne Inc., NanoPacific Holdings Inc., and Amicrobe, Inc.


Prior to joining UCLA, Carnesale was at Harvard for 23 years, serving as Lucius N. Littauer Professor of Public Policy and Administration, Dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, and Provost of the University. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering and a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering.