NEW YORK, June 11, 2014 - After a preview of a yearlong investigation by Mother Jones and Climate Desk into China's nascent fracking boom, Mother Jones reporter Jaeah Lee, Asia Society's Orville Schell, energy consultant Ella Chou, and director of the documentary Gasland Josh Fox assess China's energy future. Climate Desk producer James West moderates the talk. (1 hr., 17 min.)
Ella Chou is an energy consultant based in Washington, D.C. The author of Energy Efficiency, and Renewable Energy for the Doha Energy Forum, Chou is currently energy director of MingX, an advisory firm that facilitates U.S.-China bilateral investment in renewables, energy efficiency, carbon capture, and environmental technologies.
Josh Fox is the Oscar-nominated director of Gasland and the founding director of International WOW Company, which advises artists on incorporating social values into their work. Fox's 2010 documentary Gasland, on fracking in America, was nominated for an Academy Award and won an Emmy. Gasland II premiered on HBO last year.
Jaeah Lee is the interactive producer at Mother Jones, where she works on code. She spent the last year reporting on China as part of a Middlebury Fellowship in Environmental Journalism. Lee previously worked at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director of the Asia Society’s Center on U.S.-China Relations, is an author, journalist, and former Dean and Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. He has written widely for many magazine and newspapers, including the Atlantic Monthly, the New Yorker, Time, the New Republic, Harpers, the Nation, the New York Review of Books, Wired, Foreign Affairs, the China Quarterly, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. Schell is a Fellow at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University, a Senior Fellow at the Annenberg School of Communications at USC and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
James West is senior producer for the Climate Desk and a contributing producer for Mother Jones. He is the author of Beijing Blur, a far-reaching account of modernizing China's underground youth scene. An award-winning videographer, he and Jaeah Lee have spent the last year reporting in China and in the U.S. on China's fracking future.