Yesterday, The Energy Collective hosted a unique, in-depth discussion about the Senate climate and energy bill
that Kerry, Graham, and Lieberman had planned to release on April 26, but has been on-hold, with upheaval from Senator Graham’s defection on April 24 over immigration reform.
The legislation was sent to the EPA for economic analysis on April 28
and may be released publicly without Senator Graham in the coming
weeks. In the meantime, the devastating BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill
off the Gulf of Mexico has added a new dimension to the politics,
impacting negotiations on the Hill and strengthening opposition to
offshore drilling provisions.
Will the legislation be able to move forward? With or without
Graham? Can Obama get a bill this year? Listen to what our panelists had to say about the fate of the climate bill. Our discussion featured:
Senator Lamar Alexander
(R-T) chairs the Senate Republican Conference and serves on
committees overseeing education, clean air, highways, science,
appropriations and the Tennessee Valley Authority. He is the only
Tennessean ever popularly elected both governor and U.S. Senator. Sen.
Alexander has been U.S. Education Secretary, University of Tennessee
president, and professor at Harvard ‘s School of Government. He chaired
the National Governors’ Association and President Reagan’s Commission on
Americans Outdoors. Recently, he is the author of Going to War in Sailboats: Why Nuclear Power Beats
Windmills for America’s Green Energy Future.
Marc Gunther is a
veteran journalist, speaker, writer and consultant whose focus is
business and sustainability. Marc is a contributing editor at FORTUNE
magazine, a senior writer at Greenbiz.com, a lead blogger at The Energy Collective. He’s also a husband and
father, a lover of the outdoors and a marathon runner. Marc is the
author or co-author of four books, including Faith and Fortune: How
Compassionate Capitalism is Transforming American Business. He’s a
graduate of Yale who lives in Bethesda, MD.
Jesse Jenkins is
Director of Energy and Climate Policy at the Breakthrough Institute, and is one of the country’s
leading energy and climate policy analysts and advocates. Jesse has
written for publications including the San Francisco Chronicle,
Baltimore Sun, Yale Environment 360, Grist.org, and HuffingtonPost.com,
and his published works on energy policy have been cited by many more.
He is founder and chief editor of WattHead – Energy News and Commentary and a
featured writer at the Energy Collective. Jesse goes by @JesseJenkins on Twitter.