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 is the Arthur Ross director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at the Asia Society in New York. He is a former professor and dean at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Schell is the author of 14 books, nine of them about China, and a contributor to numerous edited volumes. His most recent books are Virtual Tibet, The China Reader, and Mandate of Heaven. He is also a contributor to such magazines as The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, and many others. He is a fellow at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University, a senior fellow at the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a recipient of the Overseas Press Club Award and the Harvard-Stanford Shorenstein Prize for Asian Reporting.
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.