FDD's Leading Thinkers forum convened a bipartisan group of 30 expert economists, executive agency heads, think tank analysts, academics and journalists to examine the utility of a federal gasoline tax rebated to consumers.
Former C.I.A Director R. James Woolsey and Charles Krauthammer, both members of FDD's Leadership Council, and Roger Ballentine led the discussion. The conversation focused on the political landscape and feasibility of net-zero gas tax legislation.
Roger Ballentine is the President of Green Strategies Inc. and a Senior Fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute in Washington D.C. Ballentine was a senior member of the White House staff, serving President Clinton as Chairman of the White House Climate Change Task Force and Deputy Assistant to the President for Environmental Initiatives.
Charles Krauthammer writes a syndicated column for the Washington Post that appears in over 150 newspapers worldwide and is a winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary.
He is also a monthly essayist for TIME magazine, a contributing editor to The Weekly Standard and The New Republic, a political analyst for FOX News and a weekly panelist on Inside Washington.
Clifford May is President of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a policy institute focusing on terrorism.
He chairs the Policy Committee of the Committee on the Present Danger (CPD), an international, non-partisan organization comprised of leading members of the national security community and is a former foreign correspondent for The New York Times.
Robert James Woolsey
R. James Woolsey is chairman of Woolsey Partners LLC and former United States Director of Central Intelligence, heading the Central Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Intelligence Community.
Specializing in a range of alternative energy and security issues, Woolsey serves in various capacities at VantagePoint Venture Partners, Paladin Capital Group and the law firm Goodwin Procter. Previously, he was a vice president and officer of Booz Allen Hamilton, and a partner at the law firm Shea & Gardner (now Goodwin Procter) in Washington, D.C., where he practiced for 22 years in the fields of civil litigation, arbitration and mediation.
Including his Central Intelligence tenure, Woolsey served in the U.S. government on five different occasions, holding presidential appointments in two Republican and two Democratic administrations. He was ambassador to the Negotiation on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe, under secretary of the Navy, general counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services and part-time delegate at large to the U.S.–Soviet Strategic Arms Reduction Talks (START) and Nuclear and Space Arms Talks (NST). As an officer in the U.S. Army, he was an adviser on the U.S. delegation to the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT I).
Woolsey serves on a range of government, corporate, and nonprofit advisory boards, chairing several, and has served in the past as a member of boards of directors of a number of publicly and privately held companies, generally in fields related to technology and security. He is a frequent contributor of articles to major publications, and gives public speeches and media interviews on the subjects of foreign affairs, defense, energy, and intelligence. Having received his bachelor's degree from Stanford University, Woolsey earned a master's degree at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and a law degree from Yale Law School.