The 2012 Aspen Ideas Festival presents U.S. Energy Future: The 'Rational Middle' Will Find Solutions, a panel discussion featuring Richard G. Newell, Russ Ford, Gregory Kallenberg, and Alexis Karolides. Chrystia Freeland moderates."
Russ Ford is the executive vice president Onshore for Shell Upstream Americas. He has responsibility for all onshore development and production of natural gas in North America. This includes subsurface engineering, drilling and completion operations, and producing operations. The Onshore business is mainly centered in the lower 48 states and western Canada. Ford assumed his present position in July 2009 after having been responsible for all onshore and offshore development in the western hemisphere since August 2005. He started with Shell in New Orleans as a production engineer in onshore operations in 1981. Since then he has served in a variety of technical, research, operations and commercial assignments in Texas, New Orleans, California and the Netherlands.
Chrystia Freeland is the Canadian Member of Parliament for the riding of Toronto Centre. After starting as a Ukraine-based stringer for the Financial Times, Washington Post, and The Economist, she went on to do many jobs at FT, including deputy editor, UK news editor, Moscow bureau chief, Eastern Europe correspondent, editor of its weekend edition, editor of FT.com, and US managing editor. From 1999 to 2001, she was deputy editor of The Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper. In 2010, Freeland joined as editor-at-large for Thomson Reuters, where she most recently worked as managing director and editor of consumer news. She is the author of Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else (2012), a New York Times bestseller which won the National Business Book Award and the Lionel Gelber Prize in 2013. She is a co-chair of the Liberal Party’s Economic Advisory Council and the Party’s critic for International Trade.
Gregory Kallenberg is the director and a producer of the Rational Middle Energy Series, a series of short films exploring energy topics. Before Rational Middle, Kallenberg directed and produced Haynesville: A Nation’s Hunt for an Energy Future, a documentary chronicling a large natural gas discovery in northwest Louisiana and its effect on three individual’s lives. Kallenberg has also spoken about the future of energy at engagements across the globe including TEDx, Bucknell University’s Environmental Symposium on Shale Gas and Rice University’s “Distinguished Speaker’s Series.” Kallenberg’s background includes writing and story editing for the award-winning production house Bluefield Productions. He has also written for Esquire Magazine, The New York Times, and the Austin American-Statesman, among other publications.
Alexis Karolides is a principal at Rocky Mountain Institute. Throughout her 14 years at RMI, her work has spanned built environment, city sustainability, and both high-tech and heavy industrial consulting projects. Her clients have included the US Air Force, the grocery industry, EDS (now HP), Rio Tinto, and the cities of Atlanta, Madison, and Las Vegas. She has served on the AIA National Committee on the Environment and the National Academy of Sciences Roundtable on Environmental Health. Focused on healthy design, resource efficiency, and environmental sensitivity, Karolides has led RMI’s biologically inspired design research and co-developed, with the Biomimicry Guild, a prototype biomimicry solutions database and portal. Karolides is also a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and a sought-after commentator for national media on RMI’s vision for an oil- and coal-free future and on the strategies to get there, including resource-efficient and sustainable design for the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors.
Richard G. Newell
Dr. Richard G. Newell was sworn in on August 3, 2009 as the seventh Administrator of the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).
As Administrator of EIA, Richard is responsible for collecting, analyzing, and disseminating independent and impartial energy information to promote sound policy-making, efficient markets, and public understanding of energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment. EIA provides a wide range of information and data products covering energy production, stocks, demand, imports, exports, and prices. Richard is responsible for the preparation of analyses and special reports on topics of current interest.
Richard is on leave from his position as the Gendell Associate Professor of Energy and Environmental Economics at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment. Previously he served as the Senior Economist for energy and environment on the President's Council of Economic Advisers. He also spent many years as a Senior Fellow at Resources for the Future (RFF), an independent, non-partisan environmental and resource economics research institution in Washington, DC. He has published widely on the economics of markets and policies for energy, the environment, and related technologies, particularly alternatives for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and achieving other energy and environmental goals.
Prior to his confirmation, Richard was a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a University Fellow of RFF, and on several boards including the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, the journal Energy Economics, the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, and the Automotive X-Prize. He has served on several National Academy of Science expert committees related to energy, environment, and innovation.
Richard holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University in environmental and resource economics. He also holds a M.P.A. from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and a B.S. in materials engineering and a B.A. in philosophy from Rutgers University.