September 4, 2012 | The Ritz Carlton Charlotte

Energy & the Election: DNC

How will the outcome of the 2012 election affect energy policy and the future of domestic energy security? Washington Post Live convened energy leaders from industry, advocacy, government, and academia at the Democratic National Convention for a breakfast discussion forum to discuss what's next for U.S. energy.  An audience of policy stakeholders heard expert analysis and their approach to energy policy, its relationship to the economy, and the path to an energy-secure future. 

Video highlights

Rep. Markey: Talking to Romney on climate science would be like talking to an empty chair

Rep. Markey: Talking to Romney on climate science would be like talking to an empty chair

At a Washington Post Live event on Tuesday in Charlotte, N.C., Mass. Rep. Ed Markey (D) said that Mitt Romney’s current energy plan doesn’t match the policies he backed as governor of Massachusetts.
Michael Levi on natural gas

Michael Levi on natural gas

Levi, of the Council on Foreign Relations, discusses the opportunities and challenges of the natural gas boom.
Bledsoe on energy subsidies

Bledsoe on energy subsidies

Paul Bledsoe, a senior advisor at the Bipartisan Policy Center, says “every form of energy has enjoyed subsidies at some point.”
Governor Schweitzer on Keystone pipeline

Governor Schweitzer on Keystone pipeline

Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D-Montana) says President Obama can’t give a permit for Keystone because of Republicans in Nebraska who “took the wheels off the bus.”
Rep. Ben Ray Lujan: Romney energy plan ‘will hurt soldiers’

Rep. Ben Ray Lujan: Romney energy plan ‘will hurt soldiers’

At a Washington Post Live breakfast, New Mexico Rep. Ben Ray Lujan went after Mitt Romney’s energy plan, which the Congressman says will hurt the development of alternative energy sources and ultimately have a negative impact on soldiers and the Department of Defense.
Gov. Schweitzer: Oil guys are “doing okay” under this administration

Gov. Schweitzer: Oil guys are “doing okay” under this administration

Gov. Schweitzer of Montana says we’ve quadrupled the number of oil rigs in this country over the last four years.
Joshua Freed and Margo Thorning discuss government investment in energy innovation

Joshua Freed and Margo Thorning discuss government investment in energy innovation

According to Thorning, evidence suggests that the government picks bad investments in the energy sector.

Excerpts from the forum

Gov. Brian Schweitzer

“You have a whole lot of rhetoric coming from the Republicans. The rhetoric is always saying: We need to drill more, we need less regulation, get government out of our way. . . . We get results and they say that’s not good enough.”

Rep. Edward J. Markey

“There is a proven correlation between the improvement of the environment and the creation of jobs . . . which of course the Republicans refuse to admit because of their commitment to the fossil fuel industry.”

Sen. Mark Begich

“People said when Obama got elected, when I got elected in ’08, that the Arctic, that new potential was going to be basically off limits. It’s not going to happen.”

Rep. Ben Ray Lujan

“There’s a reason why natural gas [production] is at an all-time high and why we’re seeing decreasing amounts of our dependence on foreign sources of oil. Isn’t that something that Democrats and Republicans should be agreeing with?”

Margo Thorning

“The evidence so far suggests that the government is not very good at picking actual investments to go forward commercially.”

Michael Levi

“When you look out at the energy landscape today, it really is striking how different it is from the last election.”

Joshua Freed

“It’s still too early to get the final results [of President Obama’s energy vision], but it has actually proven more successful than some headlines would have you believe.”

Paul Bledsoe

“Every form of energy has enjoyed subsidies at some point, especially in its early development phase.”

Speakers

Michael Levi

Michael Levi

Daniel M. Rubenstien Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment, Council on Foreign Relations

Margo Thorning

Margo Thorning

Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, American Council for Capital Formation

Brian Schweitzer

Brian Schweitzer

Governor, D - Montana

Mary Landrieu

Mary Landrieu

Senator, D - Louisana

Ben Ray Lujan

Ben Ray Lujan

Representative, D - New Mexico

Joshua Freed

Joshua Freed

Vice President, Clean Energy Program, Third Way

Ed Markey

Ed Markey

Representative, D - Massachusetts

Paul Bledsoe

Paul Bledsoe

Senior Advisor, Bipartisan Policy Center

Mary Jordan

Mary Jordan

Editor, Washington Post Live

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