Recent energy debates in Washington have focused mostly on government policies, including climate and clean energy standards, that could help increase the use of American resources, shift to cleaner sources of energy and help reduce air emissions. Buried in these debates is the importance of research and development of new energy technologies for both fossil fuels and renewables.
Join National Journal as we explore the importance of R&D in America's new energy landscape. What is the right role for the federal government to play in helping trigger new energy technologies? What has the oil and natural gas boom taught us about private-sector investment? Is it possible for Washington to encourage new innovation without picking winners and losers? How can America build support for clean-energy and capitalize on vast reserves of oil and natural gas? National Journal will convene policymakers and experts to answer these questions and more.
Margot Anderson is the executive director of the Energy Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC). Prior to joining BPC, she was a senior advisor to the deputy secretary of energy. From 2004 to 2009, Anderson was an office director at the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) where she was responsible for EIA’s short-term energy forecasts, U.S. energy consumption surveys, and the international statistics program. From 2000 to 2004, Anderson was deputy assistant secretary for Policy Analysis, Department of Energy, where she worked on a wide range of energy and environmental policy issues. From 1998-2000, Anderson directed USDA’s Global Change Program focusing on the economics of climate change on agriculture and forestry and on international climate negotiations. Prior to 1998, Anderson held various staff and management positions at the Economic Research Service, USDA. She has received two Presidential Rank Awards for her federal career achievements. Anderson holds a B.A. in economics (University of Cincinnati) and an M.S. and Ph.D. in agricultural economics (University of Illinois).
Michael R. Brower is Mosaic Federal Affairs' Senior Federal Policy Director and Principal responsible for the firm's operations, projects and legislative objectives and priorities. Michael is a retired career Naval Officer and Aviator who commanded Sea Strike Squadron Twenty-Two in the first Iraqi War and personally flew 43 aircraft carrier-based combat sorties. He also served in the Secretary of the Navy’s personal office as Special Assistant for Air Warfare communicating United States Navy legislative policy to the Congress for Secretary of the Navy Lehman, Secretary of the Navy Webb and Secretary of the Navy Ball. Michael is an ACORE member from the outset and is a long-time Leadership Council member.
Amy Harder reports on the intersection of policy, politics and economics of energy and environment issues for National Journal. This includes covering congressional legislation, executive-branch rulemakings and international policy actions affecting the United States. Harder also moderates the popular Energy & Environment Policy Insiders Discussion, which includes more than 100 experts, advocacy leaders and lawmakers in Washington and around the country. Harder moderates and participates in panel discussions hosted online by National Journal and other organizations. She has appeared on CSPAN, MSNBC, Fox News and NPR, among other media outlets; and she delivers speeches throughout the country on national energy and environment policy.
Before covering energy and environment policy, Harder covered the selection of a new Supreme Court justice as the lead reporter for National Journal’s The Ninth Justice blog. Harder has covered a variety of topics since coming to National Journal in May 2008, including foreign policy, national security and political advertising. Prior to her time here, Harder was a staff writer for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. Harder is originally from Washington State and received a B.A. in journalism with honors from Western Washington University.
Douglas Holtz-Eakin has a distinguished record as an academic, policy adviser, and strategist. Currently he is the President of the American Action Forum and most recently was a Commissioner on the Congressionally-chartered Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission. Since 2001, he has served in a variety of important policy positions.
Kyle Isakower serves as vice president for Regulatory and Economic Policy at the American Petroleum Institute. In this role, Mr. Isakower manages API’s review of U.S. tax policies and the development of economic analyses pertaining to public policies affecting the oil and natural gas industry. He also oversees API programs that review proposed environmental rules and energy regulations, the development of industry standards for use domestically and abroad, and the creation of statistical products covering the industry and markets.
U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) was sworn into the United States Senate on November 15, 2010 to fill the seat left vacant by the late Senator Robert C. Byrd. For Senator Manchin, serving as West Virginia’s Senator is truly an honor and a privilege.
Janet Peace is the Vice President of Markets and Business Strategy at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions. In this role, she manages the Center's Business Environmental Leadership Council (BELC), the largest US-based association of companies devoted to climate-related policy and corporate strategies. The BELC contains mainly Fortune 500 companies with combined revenues of over $2 trillion and over 3.5 million employees. In addition, she manages the Center’s economics program and its analysis of market-based policy options. Previously, Dr. Peace held the same role at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, C2ES's predecessor organization.
Dr. Peace brings more than 20 years and a wide spectrum of experience on environmental issues to her work at C2ES. As Director of Offsets Development and Industry Relations at the Canadian non-profit “C3” (formerly Climate Change Center), she worked to develop cost-effective climate policy options for industry and all levels of government. Dr. Peace also has taught environmental and natural resource economics at the University of Calgary, and worked as a resource specialist with the U.S. General Accounting Office and as a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey.
Dr. Peace holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in Economics and an undergraduate degree in Geology.