The Journal of International Affairs at Columbia University, produced by students at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), brought together six experts in the field of technology and the environment for a Thought Leadership Forum on December 6, 2010. The forum launched the fall 2010 issue of the Journal of International Affairs: “Innovating for Development.”
Panelists discussed how technology shapes public policies on energy, natural resources and climate change and how governments can foster innovation in these fields.
David M. Driesen, a law professor at Syracuse University, argued that while the new Republican majority in the United States House of Representatives is unlikely to pass effective climate change legislation, state regulations can spur innovation. He argued that California’s emissions standards have led to the development of hybrid vehicles such as the Toyota Prius.