Election 2016: Do Americans Care About Energy & Climate Change?
The next president will make critical, long-lasting decisions on U.S. energy and climate policy. From the role America plays in international efforts to address climate change to the ways in which we produce, transport, and consume energy, the next four years will be crucial in determining the path that America takes over the coming decades. Yet the policies that will shape that path are receiving little air time on the campaign trail, and the public voice is seldom heard—and even less often understood. Leading political pollsters Mark Mellman (D) and Neil Newhouse (R) will explore what Americans are thinking and how their opinions align—or don't align—with the positions of the candidates.
Plus, don’t miss the chance to make your opinions part of the conversation with our live polling.
This event is in partnership with the UChicago Institute of Politics.
The Quadrangle Club, Main Dining Room
1155 East 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
For more than two decades, Steve Edwards has covered politics and public policy as a journalist and program host. His work has appeared on the BBC, Bloomberg News, PBS, and on numerous public radio stations around the United States. Most recently, he spent nearly 14 years at WBEZ, Chicago’s NPR member station, where he served as host of the acclaimed daily shows The Afternoon Shift and Eight Forty-Eight. Steve has moderated numerous candidate debates, hosted the weekly political show The Best Game in Town, and was the correspondent for a BBC documentary on Chicago’s political culture. A native of Kansas City, he was a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan and earned his A.B. in political science from Amherst College.
Michael Greenstone is the Milton Friedman Professor in Economics, the College, and the Harris School, as well as the Director of the interdisciplinary Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago and the Energy & Environment Lab at the University of Chicago Urban Labs. He previously served as the Chief Economist for President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, and currently serves on the Secretary of Energy's Advisory Board. Greenstone also directed the Brookings Institution’s Hamilton Project, which studies policies to promote economic growth, and has since joined its Advisory Council. He is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and editor of the Journal of Political Economy. Before coming to Chicago, Greenstone was the 3M Professor of Environmental Economics at MIT.
Mark Mellman, one of the nation’s leading public opinion researchers and communication strategists, is President of the American Association of Political Consultants and CEO of The Mellman Group, a polling and consulting firm whose clients include leading political figures, Fortune 500 companies, and some of the nation’s most important public interest groups. Mellman, who counts among his clients Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid and House Whip Steny Hoyer, has helped guide the campaigns of twenty-nine U.S. Senators, ten Governors, over two dozen Members of Congress, and numerous state and local officials.
Neil Newhouse is a partner and co-founder of Public Opinion Strategies, a national political and public affairs research firm which has been described by the New York Times as “the leading Republican polling company” in the country. Neil has twice been named “Pollster of the Year” by the American Association of Political Consultants and was lead pollster for Gov. Mitt Romney’s 2012 Presidential campaign.