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August 1, 2009

Obama Gets an Energy-Policy Report Card

Heralded as “New Energy for America” during the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama’s agenda to re-vamp the country’s energy policies is ambitious. It seeks to invest in renewable energy, reduce reliance on foreign oil, address the global climate crisis and create jobs. Now that Obama has been in office for more than six months, has his agenda moved forward?

Top experts from around the country will examine the implementation of Obama’s national energy policy and discuss federal and state legislation to lower greenhouse gas emissions, stimulate the economy and strengthen energy independence for the United States. “Arming for the Cleantech Revolution” will be held on August 1 from 8:30 – 10 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, West Tower, Regency Ballroom B, Gold Level.

The panel will also provide a timely look into new and potentially revolutionary energy and environmental laws that will significantly impact the United States and its relationships with trading partners abroad.

Moderators are Kenneth J. Markowitz, senior counsel, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer &Feld, Washington, D.C. and Susan H. Mac Cormac, partner, Morrison & Foerster, San Francisco. Panelists include: Jeff Cohen, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco; Cara Horowitz, executive director, UCLA’s Emmett Center on Climate Change, Los Angeles; and Michael Wara, law professor and research fellow, Stanford’s Program on Energy and Sustainable Development, Stanford, Calif.