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Paying For It: Estimating and Responding to the Costs of Climate Inaction

  • Date: September 24, 2019
  • Time: 10:00am–4:00pm
  • Location: New York University School of Law | Vanderbilt Hall – 40 Washington Square South

Policymakers and researchers are working to better understand how climate change will affect key sectors of the economy, how we can best adapt to these impacts, and how to communicate the economic urgency of the crisis. At the Institute for Policy Integrity’s annual conference, experts and policymakers from around the country discussed how we can better estimate, prepare for, and communicate the high cost of inaction.

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Introductions/Panel 1, Estimating the Costs of Climate Damages in Key Sectors
Panel 2, Bracing for Impact: Climate Adaptation
Panel 3, Communicating Economic Urgency



  • Rachel Cleetus, Policy Director, Climate and Energy Program, Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Brian Deese, Global Head of Sustainable Investing, BlackRock | Former Senior Advisor to President Obama for Climate and Energy Policy
  • Kate Gordon, Director, California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research
  • Dave Jones, Director, Climate Risk Initiative at UC Berkeley’s Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment | Former California Insurance Commissioner

Moderator: Madison Condon, Attorney, Institute for Policy Integrity


  • Susanne DesRoches, Deputy Director, Infrastructure and Energy, New York City Mayor’s Office of Resiliency and Mayor’s Office of Sustainability
  • Pat Forbes, Executive Director, Louisiana Office of Community Development
  • Craig Fugate, Chief Emergency Management Officer, One Concern | Former Administrator, FEMA
  • Alice Hill, Senior Fellow for Climate Change Policy, Council on Foreign Relations | Former Senior Director of Resilience Policy, National Security Council

Moderator: Burcin Unel, Ph.D., Energy Policy Director, Institute for Policy Integrity


  • Todd Kaminsky, New York State Senator, 9th District
  • Alejandra Núñez, Senior Attorney, Sierra Club
  • Andrew Revkin, Founding Director of the Earth Institute Initiative on Communication and Sustainability at Columbia University | Former New York Times Reporter
  • Leah Stokes, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, UC Santa Barbara

Moderator: Derek Sylvan, Strategy Director, Institute for Policy Integrity

CLE materials

Panel 1
California Insurance Risk, 2 Degree Scenario
Improving Risk Disclosures
U.S. Coastal Real Estate, Union of Concerned Scientists

Panel 2
New York City Adaptation
Sociopolitical Feedback Processes
The Role of Markets in Adaptation

Panel 3
Clean Energy Justice
Revkin on Climate Communication
New York State Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act
Electoral Backlash Against Climate Policy – L. Stokes
Energy Politics of North America