Robert Pollin, UMass Amherst economics professor and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), helped to organize a conference on the topic of “Major Economic Challenges Ahead in Building a Clean-Energy Economy in the United States.”
The conference was held in March at the Surdna Foundation’s headquarters in New York City and brought together researchers whose work addresses the economic challenges of transforming the United States into a clean-energy economy over the next 20-30 years.
According to Pollin, “The overarching purpose of our conference was to explore more deeply the ways in which a clean-energy investment agenda can become a centerpiece of economic policy in the U.S. over the next generation. Lots of important ideas came out of the conference. Most importantly, the conference enabled us to see more clearly both how much we have achieved to date and the major challenges that we face moving forward.” (Surdna Foundation, 4/28/10)