Live webcast today: How to Make the U.S. a Leader in the Clean Energy Economy

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Today, March 4, the Apollo Alliance and Center for American Progress bring together policymakers, academics, business and labor leaders, and other experts to discuss what policies will support the United States in becoming not only a consumer of clean-energy technologies but also a leading producer of them.

Here’s the agenda — some must-hear talks today:

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.: Opening Remarks:
Phil Angelides, Chairman, Apollo Alliance
John Podesta, President and Chief Executive Officer, Center for American Progress

10:00 – 11:15 a.m.: The American Clean Energy Economy in 2020: What Should It Look Like and How Can We Get There?
Rob Atkinson, President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Bob Borosage, President, Institute for America’s Future
Peter Brehm, Vice President of Business Development and Government Relations, Infinia Corporation
Kathleen McGinty, Former Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

Moderated by:
Susan McGinnis, Managing Editor and Anchor, Clean Skies News

11:30 – 12:15 p.m.: Keynote Speeches: Perspectives from House and Senate Champions on How to Grow a Thriving and Globally Competitive Clean Energy Economy
Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
Congressman Jay Inslee (D-WA)

Introduced by:
Cathy Calfo, Executive Director, Apollo Alliance

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.: The U.S. and the World: What Are Other Countries Doing and What Could the U.S. Do?
Thea Lee, Deputy Chief of Staff, AFL-CIO
Leo Hindery, Chair of the U.S. Economy/Smart Globalization Initiative, New America Foundation
Julian Wong, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for American Progress
Joan Fitzgerald, author of Emerald Cities: Urban Sustainability and Economic Development

Moderated by:
Bracken Hendricks, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

2:45 – 4:15 p.m.: Educating the Clean Energy Workforce of the Future
Andy Levin, Chief Workforce Officer, State of Michigan
Louis Soares, Director of the Postsecondary Education Program, Center for American Progress
Van Jones, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress; Founder, Green For All
Joel Rogers, Director, Center on Wisconsin Strategy

Moderated by:
Kate Gordon, Vice President for Energy Policy, Center for American Progress

4:15 – 5:00 p.m.: Making America A Winner in the Clean Energy Economy
Jared Bernstein, Chief Economist and Economic Policy Advisor to Vice President Joseph Biden
Phil Angelides, Chairman, Apollo Alliance

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One Response to Live webcast today: How to Make the U.S. a Leader in the Clean Energy Economy

  1. mike roddy says:

    A lot of us know what needs to be done, starting with enabling clean electricity on a large scale. Since so many of the attendees have experience in DC politics, I look forward to your summary of the “how do we get there” part.

    Since a gas tax or statutory regulation of coal and gas extraction is unlikely, how about reducing or eliminating fossil fuel subsidies, and charging the firms for externalities? Obama floated this last year, but we haven’t heard anything on the subject for a while. Is the strength of the fossil fuel lobbies so overwhelming that the majority of our Congressmen have no problem publicly protecting their interests? Is this, in fact, a lost cause? If it is, then so may be our future.