Steel Town Mayor To Testify On Behalf Of Green Jobs During Whirlwind Week Of Clean Energy Hearings

The mayor of a failing Pennsylvania steel town will join Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and Vice President Al Gore in testifying on behalf of a clean energy economy this week. The House Committee on Energy and Commerce has announced an ambitious week of hearings on the Waxman-Markey American Clean Energy and Security Act, comprehensive legislation intended to answer President Obama’s mandate for green economic reform. Braddock, PA mayor John Fetterman will testify on Wednesday how his town needs a change from the pollution-based status quo:

After opening statements by members of the committee on Tuesday, the rest of the week will feature three different sessions each day. The hearings begin on Wednesday with the testimony of Cabinet officials Lisa Jackson, Steven Chu, and Ray La Hood, followed by a panel of representatives of the U.S. Climate Action Partnership, and concluding with Fetterman and other green jobs advocates. Thursday’s hearings discuss questions of carbon revenue allocation, international competitiveness, and smarter and cleaner energy. Vice President Al Gore and former senator John Warner (R-VA) will begin Friday’s hearing, followed by policy experts on transportation, energy efficiency, market regulation, and adaptation to the ravages of global warming.

Full schedule of the hearings, which will take place at 2123 Rayburn House Office Building:

Tuesday, April 21, 2009: 3 PM

Opening Statements

Wednesday, April 22, 2009: 9:30 AM

Panel 1: Administration Views on The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009

  • The Honorable Lisa Jackson, Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • The Honorable Steven Chu, Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy
  • The Honorable Ray LaHood, Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation

Panel 2: United States Climate Action Partnership Views on The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009

  • Charles Holliday, Jr., Chairman, DuPont
  • Red Cavaney, Senior Vice President, Government and Public Affairs, ConocoPhillips
  • Jim Rogers, Chairman, President, and CEO, Duke Energy Corp.
  • Frances Beinecke, President, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Meg McDonald, Director, Global Issues, Alcoa Inc.
  • David Crane, President and CEO, NRG Energy, Inc.

Panel 3: Green Jobs and Economic Benefits

  • The Honorable John Fetterman, Mayor, Braddock, Pennsylvania
  • Denise Bode, CEO, American Wind Energy Association
  • Dave Foster, Executive Director, Blue Green Alliance
  • Kate Gordon, Co-Director, Apollo Alliance
  • Kevin Knobloch, President, Union of Concerned Scientists
  • David Manning, Vice President, External Affairs, National Grid
  • Nathaniel Keohane, Director of Economic Policy and Analysis, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Frank Ackerman, Senior Economist, Stockholm Environment Institute, U.S. Center, Tufts University

Thursday, April 23, 2009: 9:30 AM

Panel 1: Allocation Policies to Assist Consumers

  • Jeff Sterba, Chairman and CEO, PNM Resources Inc. (on behalf of the Edison Electric Institute)
  • Glenn English, CEO, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
  • Mark Crisson, President and CEO, American Public Power Association
  • John Somerhalder, II, Chairman, CEO, and President, AGL Resources (on behalf of the American Gas Association)
  • Richard Morgan, Commissioner, District of Columbia Public Service Commission (on behalf of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners)
  • Richard Cowart, Director, Regulatory Assistance Project
  • Robert Greenstein, Executive Director, Center for Budget and Policy Priorities

Panel 2: Ensuring U.S. Competitiveness and International Participation

  • Rich Wells, Vice President for Energy, The Dow Chemical Company
  • Tom Conway, International Vice President, United Steel Workers
  • Jack McMackin, Principal, Williams and Jensen, LLC (on behalf of the Energy Intensive Manufacturers Working Group on Greenhouse Gas Regulation)
  • Trevor Houser, Visiting Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics
  • Eliot Diringer, Vice President for International Strategies, Pew Center on Global Climate Change
  • Pastor Doug Smith, Virginia Interfaith Society for Public Policy

Panel 3: Low Carbon Electricity, Carbon Capture and Storage, Renewables, and Grid Modernization

  • Dr. Howard Gruenspect, Acting Deputy Administrator, U. S. Energy Information Agency
  • Dian Greunich, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission
  • Dan Reicher, Director of Climate Change and Energy Initiatives, Google, Inc.
  • Jim Robo, President and Chief Operating Officer, FPL Group
  • David Hawkins, Director of Climate Programs, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Dr. Gregory Kunkel, Vice President for Environment Affairs, Tenaska, Inc.
  • Jonathan Briggs, Regional Director of the Americas, Hydrogen Energy International
  • Eugene Trisko (on behalf of the United Mine Workers of America)

Friday, April 24, 2009: 10 AM

Panel 1: Vice President Al Gore and Senator John Warner: Bipartisan Leaders’ Views on the ACES Legislation

  • The Honorable Al Gore, former Vice President of the United States
  • The Honorable John Warner, former United States Senator

Panel 2: Energy Efficiency, Transportation, Building Appliances, and Utilities

  • Ian Bowles, Secretary, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Dave McCurdy, President and CEO, Alliance for Automobile Manufacturers
  • Alan Reuther, Legislative Director, International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace & Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW)
  • Dan Sperling, Director, Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California Davis
  • David Friedman, Research Director, Clean Vehicles Program, Union of Concerned Scientists
  • David Gardiner, President, David Gardiner & Associates, LLC (on behalf of the Energy Future Coalition)
  • Jeff Genzer, Counsel, National Association of State Energy Officials
  • Andrew Delaski, Executive Director, Appliance Standards Awareness Project

Panel 3: Carbon Market Assurance, State Roles, Clean Air Act, and Adaptation

  • Bill Becker, Executive Director National Association of Clean Air Agencies
  • Tia Nelson, Executive Secretary, Board of Commissioners of Public Lands, State of Wisconsin
  • Carl Royal, Counsel, Schiff Hardin LLP, formerly Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Chicago Mercantile Exchange
  • Jon Anda, Executive-in-Residence, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, Visiting Fellow Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
  • David Doniger, Policy Director, Climate Center, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Patricia Mulroy, General Manager, Las Vegas Nevada Water District/Southern Nevada Water Authority

E&E News reports on GOP counter-witnesses:

Energy and Commerce Committee testimony from the GOP witnesses begins Wednesday with Paul Cicio, president of the Industrial Energy Consumers of America, and Steven Hayward, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

On Thursday, Republicans have invited Daryl Bassett, a former Arkansas state public utility commissioner now serving as spokesman for the Empower Consumers coalition; Lee Lane, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute; and James Kerr, a partner at McGuire Woods and a former commissioner of the North Carolina Public Utility Commission.

And during the final round of hearings Friday, GOP witnesses are Anne Smith, an economist from Charles River and Associates International, and William Kovacs, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s vice president for environment, technology and regulatory affairs.

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