In conjunction with the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado, The New Republic hosted a panel discussion on environmental issues featuring leaders in Congress and from NGOs who talked about the energy and environmental policy of the next administration.
Before co-founding Third Way, Mr. Bennett was Director of Communications for the Clark for President Campaign, where he served as the campaignâ€™s principal spokesman and managed the press, speechwriting, research and rapid response operations. Mr. Bennett was Director of Communications and Public Affairs at Americans for Gun Safety for three years. He went to AGS after serving for the entire second Clinton term in the White House, where he was Deputy Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs, the leading White House liaison to the nationâ€™s governors. Before that, Mr. Bennett was Trip Director and Assistant Counsel to the Vice President, where he traveled with Vice President Gore and managed the traveling staff. Mr. Bennett has served in various capacities on the Dukakis, Clinton â€˜92 and Clinton â€˜96 campaigns.
BINGAMAN, Jesse Francis, Jr. (Jeff), a Senator from New Mexico; born in El Paso, Tex., October 3, 1943; attended public schools of Silver City, N.Mex.; graduated, Harvard College 1965 and Stanford Law School 1968; served in the United States Army Reserve 1968-1974; admitted to the New Mexico bar 1968; assistant New Mexico attorney general 1969; counsel to State constitutional convention 1969; commenced private practice in 1970; elected New Mexico attorney general 1979-1982; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1982 for the term commencing January 3, 1983; reelected in 1988, 1994, 2000, and again in 2006 for the term ending January 3, 2013; chairman, Senate Impeachment Trial Committee (1989-1991), Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (One Hundred Seventh Congress [January 3-20, 2001; June 6, 2001-January 3, 2003], One Hundred Tenth Congress).
Franklin Foer is the editor of The New Republic.
Foer graduated from Columbia in 1996. Before joining The New Republic, Foer was a frequent contributor to the online magazine Slate.
His writing has also appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Spin, U.S. News & World Report, Lingua Franca, The Atlantic Monthly, The Wall Street Journal, New York and Foreign Policy. In 2004 he published his first book, How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization.
Ed Markey is a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Malden, Middlesex County, Mass., July 11, 1946; attended Immaculate Conception Grammar School, Malden, Mass.; graduated from Malden Catholic High School, Malden, Mass., 1964; B.A., Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Mass., 1968; J.D., Boston College Law School, Chestnut Hill, Mass., 1972; lawyer, private practice; United States Army Reserve, 1968-1973; member of the Massachusetts state house of representatives, 1973-1976; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-fourth Congress by special election to fill the vacancy caused by the death of United States Representative Torbert H. Macdonald, reelected to the sixteen succeeding Congresses (November 2, 1976-present).
Rep. George Miller
Congressman George Miller is the Senior Democrat on the House Education and Workforce Committee and a leading advocate in Congress on education, labor, the economy, and the environment. First elected in 1975, he now represents the newly created 11th District of California in the East Bay of San Francisco, including the majority of Contra Costa County. He is a life-long Democrat and Californian.
Carl Pope is the Executive Director of the Sierra Club, an American environmental organization founded by conservationist pioneer John Muir in 1892.
Pope was appointed to his position as Executive Director in 1992, the club's centennial.
As Under Secretary of Energy (Acting), David Sandalow helps oversee the Department’s renewable energy, energy efficiency, fossil energy, nuclear energy and electricity delivery programs. As Assistant Secretary for Policy & International Affairs, he helps coordinate policy and manage international activities at the Department. Prior to being confirmed as Assistant Secretary, Mr. Sandalow was Energy & Environment Scholar and a Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program of the Brookings Institution, as well as Energy & Climate Change Working Group Chair at the Clinton Global Initiative. He is the author of Freedom from Oil (McGraw-Hill, 2008) and editor of Plug-In Electric Vehicles: What Role for Washington? (Brookings Press, 2009). Mr. Sandalow has written widely on energy and environmental policy, including op-eds in the New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times and other publications. Previously, he served as Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans, Environment & Science, a Senior Director on the National Security Council staff, an Associate Director on the staff of the White House Council on Environmental Quality and Executive Vice President, World Wildlife Fund – U.S. Mr. Sandalow is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School (JD) and Yale College (BA Philosophy).
Cass R. Sunstein graduated in 1975 from Harvard College and in 1978 from Harvard Law School magna cum laude. After graduation, he clerked for Justice Benjamin Kaplan of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court. Before joining the faculty of the University of Chicago Law School, he worked as an attorney-advisor in the Office of the Legal Counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Mr. Sunstein has testified before congressional committees on many subjects, and he has been involved in constitution-making and law reform activities in a number of nations, including Ukraine, Poland, China, South Africa, and Russia.
A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Mr. Sunstein has been Samuel Rubin Visiting Professor of Law at Columbia, visiting professor of law at Harvard, vice-chair of the ABA Committee on Separation of Powers and Governmental Organizations, chair of the Administrative Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools, a member of the ABA Committee on the future of the FTC, and a member of the President's Advisory Committee on the Public Service Obligations of Digital Television Broadcasters.
Third Way founder Matt Bennett and Sierra Club Executive Director Carl Pope discuss the impact of potential increases in energy costs to the possibility of gathering public support behind new energy policy.
As an environmental scientist I can honestly say everyone should be very scared. Please check out 350.org or wecansolveit.org for more info on climate change. Or Audubon Society, GreenPeace, Sierra Club, the Pew Center, etc. etc, etc. Get involved and use your voices any way you can to catch the ear of the new administration. Also, please push for the President to attend the upcoming climate change conference in Poland. What good for the environment is good for America. Thanks from Western PA.
The problem is the energy equation has many variables. Politicians will ignore the variables that don't cater to their talking points and voter base. That's because it's a game of perceptions; it's not a matter of truth. This discussion had far too much politics interjected.
Hmm, would have been nice to get a perspective from the McCain side too. On the nuclear aversion towards the end, one point left unsaid to those who are uneasy with it is the issue of baseline power. Solar and wind are volatile power sources, if there is a lull in the wind for days, or storms for days, that can dramatically reduce power levels. Their NEEDS to be a source of BASEline power independent on environmental fluctuations, and right now there are 3 choices. Coal, hydro, nuclear. Some environmentalists are opposed to all 3, but that last 2 are the least harmful by FAR. To those set against it, all I can say is get over it, nuclear is the only game in town for those not near hydro capable areas for baseline power that does not shoot tons of carbon into the air. They need to be challenged on this and confront it.