U.S. Energy Policy in the 2016 Elections and Beyond: Incremental or Transformational?

Center for Strategic and International Studies

Center for Strategic and International Studies — Washington, DC

April 26, 2016

Join Kyle Danish, head of Van Ness Feldman's Climate Change practice, as he serves as a panel moderator for the Center for Strategic and International Studies program examining the implications of the upcoming Presidential elections on Energy Policy in the United States.  

From CSIS:

The United States is one of the largest energy producing and consuming countries in the world and a global leader on energy and climate issues. In recent years energy markets, policies, and technologies have been simultaneously responding to, and creating many changes.  These include: the precipitous rise then slowdown of Chinese economic growth and energy consumption; record high commodity prices followed by the current low price environment; the nuclear renaissance and post-Fukushima retraction; financial collapse and monetary stimulus; an oil and gas production revolution in the United States and cyclical restructuring and reform; dramatic cost reductions in solar and wind energy; utilization of energy and financial sanctions; geopolitical flux in key energy producing regions; and a global commitment coupled with regional actions designed to achieve a low carbon future. These changes impact the consumer, the economy, the environment, and U.S. national security in fundamental ways. Whether the future will continue to be so transformative or will veer toward more incremental change is an open question that U.S. policymakers, businesses, and civil society must address.  

Each election cycle affords policymakers an opportunity to assess the state of the nation’s energy sector in the context of shared objectives and within the context of a dynamic global energy landscape.  U.S. energy policy is driven by economic, security, and environmental priorities, but fundamental tensions continue to exist between those priorities and among the various constituencies involved in the nation’s energy sectors. The purpose of this conference is to inform the current debate on U.S. energy policymaking and assess what areas are ripe for action.

For more information and to register for the program, please visit CSIS's website.