At the Crossroads: Energy and Climate Policy Summit

A groundbreaking gathering of the most acclaimed thinkers, scholars, and policymakers on our historic energy revolution, the global prosperity it will produce, and the federal policy that threatens it.


Speaker Materials
Review the final Summit agenda by clicking on the link below. Below the detailed agenda button, you will find an overview of the Summit agenda with links to speaker presentations, supplemental material, and video footage from the Summit.





Thursday, September 25, 2014


12:30pm - 2:00pm      Opening Luncheon & Keynote Address


“Resources such as coal [oil and natural gas] are sufficiently abundant to allow an expansion of both economic activity and population to the point where they can generate sustainable wealth for all the people of the planet without hitting a Malthusian ceiling. The blinding brightness of this still amazes me: we can build a civilization in which everybody lives the life of the Sun King, because everybody is served by (and serves) a thousand servants, each of whose service is amplified by extraordinary amounts of inanimate energy...”

– Matt Ridley, “The Rational Optimist”

Matt Ridley, Author of “The Rational Optimist”

Matt Ridley's books have sold over a million copies, been translated into 30 languages, been short-listed for nine major literary prizes and won several awards. He worked for The Economist for nine years as science editor, Washington correspondent, and American editor, before becoming a self-employed writer and businessman. He was founding chairman of the International Centre for Life in Newcastle. He currently writes the Mind and Matter column in The Wall Street Journal and writes regularly for The Times. As Viscount Ridley, he was elected to the House of Lords in February 2013. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Academy of Medical Sciences, and a foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


2:00pm - 3:30pm        Session I: State of the Science

Dr. Roy Spencer Climatologist, Principal Research Scientist at the University of Alabama and U.S. Science Team Leader, Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer, NASA's Aqua Satellite
Presentation

Dr. Judith Curry Professor and former Chair of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Institute of Technology
Presentation

Dr. Hal Doiron Chairman, The Right Climate Stuff, Research Team of Former NASA Scientists and Engineers
Presentation

Dr. Zong-Liang Yang Professor and Jackson Chair, Director, Center for Integrated Earth System Science, Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin
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3:45pm - 4:45pm        Session II: Taking Stock of Current
                                     "Climate" Regulation


Eric Groten
Partner, Vinson & Elkins
Presentation  | Climate Change

Dr. Marlo Lewis
Senior Fellow, Competitive Enterprise Institute
Presentation

Mike Nasi Partner, Environmental and Legislative Affairs Practice Group, Jackson Walker L.L.P.  
Presentation


4:45pm - 5:45pm        Session III: History, Politics, and
                                     Economics


Rupert Darwall Author of “The Age of Global Warming,” and former Special Advisor to the Chancellor of the Exchequer
An Unsettling Climate  |  Climate Summit Charade  |  Clean Energy's Dirty Secrets

Stephen Moore Chief Economist, The Heritage Foundation

Marc Morano Climate Depot



Friday, September 26, 2014


8:00am - 9:30am      Breakfast & Keynote Address

“The Great Collision: Anthropogenic Global Warming and the Shale Revolution”

 

Mark P. Mills of the Manhattan Institute
Mark P Mills is co-author with Peter Huber of the book, The Bottomless Well, a senior fellow of the Manhattan Institute, and founder and CEO of the Digital Power Group, a tech-centric capital advisory group. He was formerly the co-founder and chief tech strategist for Digital Power Capital, a boutique venture fund. He co-founded and served as Chairman and CTO of ICx Technologies helping take it public in a 2007 IPO. Mark is a member of the Advisory Council of the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Marshall Institute. He writes the Energy Intelligence column for Forbes.



9:30am - 10:30am    Session IV: Not up to the Task:
                                  Energy Alternatives to Fossil Fuels?


Dr. Robert L. Bradley, Jr.
CEO and Founder, Institute for Energy Research
Presentation

Dr. Peter Z. Grossman
Clarence Efroymson Professor of Economics, Butler University
Presentation

Dr. Marlo Lewis Senior Fellow, Competitive Enterprise Institute
Presentation


10:30am - 11:30am   Session V: Prosperity and Poverty:
                                   The Energy Factor


Dr. Calvin Beisner
Spokesman for the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation

Declaration  |  Call to Truth

Kathleen Hartnett White Distinguished Senior Fellow & Director of the Armstrong Center for Energy and the Environment, former Chair of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Dr. Caleb Rossiter Adjunct Professor, School of International Service and Adjunct Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, College of Arts and Sciences at American University
Presentation  Campus Energy Divestment a Mistaken Legacy of the Anti-Apartheid Movement
H. Leighton Steward President and Chairman, Plants Need CO2
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11:30am - 1:00pm     Luncheon & Keynote Address

Dr. Frank Clemente, Professor Emeritus of Social Science at Penn State University
Professor Clemente’s research specialization is the socioeconomic impact of energy policy— especially issues relating to electricity generation, reliability and cost. He was editor and primary author of the International Energy Agency report The Global Value of Coal.  He has published over 100 articles in such media as Public Utilities Fortnightly, Electric Perspectives, World Oil, Nuclear News, American Coal, and Oil and Gas Journal. Professor Clemente has been listed in the social science section of American Men and Women of Science.
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