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VLS Expert to Discuss Climate Change and Energy Efficiency Standards

April 27, 2010

SOUTH ROYALTON, VT -- Mark Cooper, senior fellow for economic analysis at Vermont Law School's Institute for Energy and the Environment, on Wednesday will reject claims by some economists and environmentalists that raising the price of energy will solve climate change.

Cooper will deliver a talk, titled "The Low Carbon Economy and the Consumer: The Role of Efficiency Standards is Vital Because Price is an Ineffective Tool of Energy Policy," as part of a panel discussion at a Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue conference. The panel is slated for 1:15 p.m., Wednesday, at the Hotel Renaissance, 1143 New Hampshire Ave. NW in Washington, D.C.

"Ironically, the people who complain loudest about how much climate change policy will cost are pushing the most expensive solution to the problem," Cooper said. "We will be better off with the Environmental Protection Agency regulating carbon as a pollutant under the Clear Air Act, assuming the Obama administration really wants to lead on the issue and is not just playing politics."

John Cramer, Associate Director of Media Relations

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