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ImageThe bankruptcy of solar manufacturer and stimulus-loan recipient, Solyndra, sparked a national media firestorm and political debate over the role of government in funding emerging clean energy technologies. The issue rose to prominence in the presidential campaign with Mitt Romney attacking Barack Obama on the stump and in televised debates over the president's handling of stimulus funds for clean energy. Yet Obama won re-election handily and Democrats expanded their numbers in the Senate and House, seemingly giving Democrats the upper hand. Is there any chance the two sides can agree on a comprehensive national energy policy?

At the same time, the International Energy Agency now projects that North America will be energy self-sufficient by 2020, with the U.S. becoming the world's largest producer of both natural gas and oil. The geopolitical, economic, and environmental ramifications of this new development are just coming into view. With the political, social and economic fallout from this yet to be considered, The Energy Collective brings you a webcast focused on exploring what this means. Among other issues, we discuss:

  • Should we read the election as a successful referendum on the president's approach to clean energy investment? What's ahead post-Solyndra for the Administration's energy innovation efforts?
  • What's in store in 2013 for EPA regulation of CO2?
  • What does the changing landscape of fossil energy production in the U.S. portend for energy policy and politics in the 113th Congress?


ImageJosh Freed
Josh directs the Clean Energy Program at Third Way, focusing on the legislative, regulatory, and finance policies needed to bring about clean energy reform and address climate change. Prior to that, he was a senior staffer on Capitol Hill and served for more than a decade as a strategist for advocacy, corporate, and political campaigns.

ImageJerry Taylor
A Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, Jerry is a frequent contributor on federal energy and environmental policy to the Wall Street Journal and National Review and appears regularly on CNBC, NPR, Bloomberg Radio, the BBC, and Fox News. He has served on several congressional advisory bodies and has testified frequently on Capitol Hill regarding various energy and environmental policy matters.

ImageBruce Oppenheimer
Bruce is a Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University. His research primarily focuses on Congress and American political institutions. His primary current interest examines how process changes have affected the ability of Congress to develop energy policy over the past half century. He has been both an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow and a Brookings Institution Fellow and Guest Scholar.

ImageJesse Jenkins, Moderator
Jesse is an MIT Energy Initiative Energy Fellow and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. Jesse worked previously as the Director of Energy and Climate Policy at the Breakthrough Institute. He has delivered invited testimony on clean energy innovation policy before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.