NOVA Science Seminar: Means on global warming

Science Seminar

Friday, March 21, 2014, CE Theater

 12 noon – 1pm

Title: “Why Earth is (Still) Getting Warmer”


 Dr. Robert C.Means, International Consultant and Adjunct Faculty, Johns Hopkins University Energy and Climate Policy Program and University of Maryland Environmental Legal Studies Program

11:30 – 11:55  Light Refreshments and Meet & Greet the Speaker in the Lower Gallery

Abstract: Average global temperature probably now is higher than at any time in the past 1000 years.  The explanation rests on 19th century science and post-1950 measurements:  CO2 is a greenhouse gas, and its current atmospheric concentration is the highest in millions of years.  The dominant cause of the recent pause in surface temperature measurements notwithstanding the continued increase in CO2 concentration appears to be the increased upwelling of deep ocean water.

Robert C. Means is an internationally recognized expert in energy policy and regulation, with more than thirty years of experience in dealing with energy issues as an academic, consultant and regulator. He has a B.S. in history and mathematics from the Iowa State University and an LL.B.  magna cum laude and an S.J.D. (doctorate in law) from the Harvard Law School.  While at Harvard, he served as Supreme Court Note and Developments Editor of the Harvard Law Review.

Dr. Means teaches courses in energy and climate policy in the Johns Hopkins Energy and Climate Policy program and in the University of Maryland Environmental Legal Studies Program.  He also has developed and taught courses in energy policy and regulation at the University of Texas.  He has taught a course in economic policy for developing countries at Haile Sellassie I University in Ethiopia and a course in comparative corporate law at the Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia.  At Haile Sellassie I University, he also served as editor of the Journal of Ethiopian Law.
From 1981 to 1984, Dr. Means was director of the policy office of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). From 1984 to present Dr. Means has advised clients on regulatory issues and served as an expert witness in more than ninety proceedings before the courts and before federal and state regulatory agencies in the United States and the National Energy Board of Canada.  Issues analyzed in his testimony have included access to transportation, market power, and the proper determination of rates for electric utilities and natural gas and oil pipelines.  The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission relied on his testimony and analysis in adopting its current rate making methodology for oil pipelines.

From 2006 to 2011 Dr. Means served as electricity advisor for the State Department’s Iraq desk, where he was responsible for monitoring the development of the Iraq electricity system and for assessing policy options relating to that development.  Previously he served as chief of party or member of teams advising governments in South and Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America on issues of energy policy and regulation.

Presented by the Science Seminar Committee, Math, Science & Engineering Division, and the Lyceum, Annandale Campus, NOVA


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