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Eighth State of the West Symposium concludes with critical discussion of energy and water in the West

Video is now available for our concluding State of the West panel, which focused on critical energy and water issues facing the American West. With frank and accessible presentations by Prof. Sally Benson of the School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences; Prof. Marshall Burke of the Department of Earth System Science; and Kate Gordon, director of the California Governor's Office of Planning and Research, the first panel looked specifically at energy issues facing the Western region. A second panel explored water in the West, with expert research and analysis from Felicia Marcus, the William C. Landreth Visiting Fellow at Stanford; Kathryn Sorenson, director of research at the Kyl Center for Water Policy at Morrison Institute; and Prof. Barton "Buzz" Thompson of the Stanford Law School and the Woods Institute for the Environment.

The State of the West Symposium is meant to take stock of the economic and fiscal health of the Western region. The presentations below focus on key climate change impacts that demand sound policy and decision-making from Western leaders. The Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR), the Bill Lane Center for the American West, and the Hoover Institution partnered to produce this third State of the West program.

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