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The Alternative Energy Future: Building a Practical Energy Policy

The National Press Club, Washington, DC
April 25, 2012


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INTRODUCTION:
ROBERT W. FRI, a Fellow of the American Academy since 2010, is a Visiting Scholar and Senior Fellow Emeritus at Resources for the Future, a nonprofit organization that studies natural resource and environmental issues. He has served as Director of the National Museum of Natural History, President of Resources for the Future, and Deputy Administrator of both the Environmental Protection Agency and the Energy Research and Development Administration. He served as Vice-Chair of the Board on Energy and Environmental Systems at the National Research Council, and on several NRC committees, including America’s Energy Future and America’s Climate Choices. He is a National Associate of the National Academies. Video (2 mins)
MODERATOR:
STEVEN E. KOONIN, a Fellow of the American Academy since 1991, is an Adjunct Staff Member at the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI) at the Institute for Defense Analyses. He served as Under Secretary for Science at the U.S. Department of Energy from 2009 to 2011. He joined the California Institute of Technology faculty in 1975 and served as its seventh Provost from 1995 to 2004. As Chief Scientist at BP between 2004 and early 2009, he developed the long-range technology strategy for alternative and renewable energy sources. He managed the firm’s university-based research programs and played a central role in establishing the Energy Biosciences Institute at the University of California, Berkeley, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests include nuclear astrophysics; theoretical nuclear, computational, and many-body physics; and global environmental science. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences in 2010. Video (6 mins)
PRESENTATIONS:
MICHAEL GREENSTONE is Director of The Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution; the 3M Professor of Environmental Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution; Co-Director of the Climate Change, Environment, and Natural Resources Research Programme of the International Growth Centre; and Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He previously served as Chief Economist for the Council of Economic Advisors for the Obama Administration. His research ranges widely across a number of areas, from the environment and public finance, to regulation of financial markets, to labor and health economics. He has conducted extensive studies on environmental topics, including the economic impact of climate change; air quality; hazardous waste sites; and the relationship between the environment and well-being in developing countries. Video (8 mins)
MICHAEL J. GRAETZ, a Fellow of the American Academy since 2004, is Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. Before coming to Columbia in 2009, he was Professor of Law at Yale Law School, where he had taught since 1983. Before Yale, he was Professor of Law at the University of Virginia and the University of Southern California Law Schools and Professor of Law and Social Sciences at the California Institute of Technology. His most recent book is The End of Energy: The Unmaking of America’s Environment, Security and Independence (MIT Press, 2011). His publications also include more than 60 articles in books and scholarly journals on a wide range of energy policy, tax, international taxation, health policy, and social insurance issues. From 1990 to 1992, he served as Assistant to the Secretary and Special Counsel and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy at the Treasury Department. He has been a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellow. Among his honors he received an award from Esquire magazine for courses and work in connection with the provision of shelter for the homeless. Video (9 mins)
DAVID M. KONISKY is Assistant Professor of Public Policy at Georgetown University. His research focuses on American politics and public policy, with particular emphasis on regulation, environmental politics and policy, state politics, and public opinion. His research has been published in leading political science and public policy journals, and he is coauthor of the book Superfund’s Future: What Will it Cost? (RFF Press, 2001). He is currently working on a book with Stephen Ansolabehere (Harvard University) examining American perceptions of energy options and climate change, and on a large-scale project investigating racial and class disparities in the enforcement of environmental laws. Prior to joining Georgetown in 2010, he was on the faculty of the Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri. He was also a Research Associate at Resources for the Future. He currently serves as Chair of the Science, Technology, and Environmental Politics section of the American Political Science Association. Video (6 mins)
KASSIA YANOSEK is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Stanford University’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance and the founder of Tana Energy Capital LLC. She has over a decade of corporate and private equity investment experience in the energy markets with expertise spanning energy technology, power and infrastructure, and refining and marketing. She is also a principal at the private equity firm Quadrant Management. In addition to her investment activities, she is a frequent writer and speaker on the topic of energy technology commercialization and finance. Previously, she was a Vice President and member of the senior investment team at Hudson Clean Energy Partners, a strategy manager at BP plc in London, and a financial analyst at Bechtel Enterprises, the private equity arm of Bechtel Corporation. She is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Video (6 mins)
ROBERT W. FRI Challenges for Technological Change Video (3 mins)
PANEL DISCUSSION Questions and Answers Session Video (22 mins)

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