Energy and Environmental Policy in the Trump Administration
With Republicans in control of Congress and the White House, most observers are expecting a significant shift in U.S. energy and climate policy in the coming years. President-elect Donald J. Trump has promised a review and rollback of U.S. climate regulations and increased access to fossil fuel resources on public lands. He has also suggested he will renegotiate or withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement. Yet, clean energy enjoys widespread support, and market forces increasingly favor lower carbon sources. Moreover, the two parties have worked together on common priorities such as reduced oil dependence and tax credits for renewable electricity in the recent past.
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About the Panelists
James Connaughton is the President and CEO of Nautilus Data Technologies. He served as chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality from 2001-2009. He served on President Bush’s senior staff as senior environment, energy and natural resources advisor, and as director of the White House Office of Environmental Policy.
Jeff Holmstead is a partner at Bracewell, LLP., where he heads their Environmental Strategies Group (ESG). He is an Assistant Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for Air and Radiation, and is one of the nation's leading climate change lawyers as recognized by Chambers USA.
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.