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Session 10: Greenhouse Gas Emissions: What's Next? 

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Moderator: Howard Gruenspecht (EIA)
Speakers Joe Aldy (Executive Office of the President)
Greg Dotson
(House Committee on Energy and Commerce)
Joe Goffman
(Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works)
Andrea Spring
(House Committee on Energy and Commerce)
  Note: Concurrent sessions used a variety of presentation and round table discussion formats. All available presentations have been posted.
Moderator and Speaker Bios and Presentations

Howard Gruenspecht is Acting Administrator of the Energy Information Administration.  Over the past 25 years, he has worked extensively on electricity policy issues, regulations affecting motor fuels and vehicles, energy-related environmental issues, and economy-wide energy modeling.  Before joining EIA, he was a Resident Scholar at Resources for the Future.  From 1993 to 2000, he served in the Department of Energy (DOE) Policy Office, managing for economic, electricity, and natural gas analysis, having originally come to DOE in 1991 as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic and Environmental Policy.  Prior to his service at DOE, he was Senior Staff Economist at the Council of Economic Advisers (1989-1991), with primary responsibilities in the areas of environment, energy, regulation, and international trade.  Other professional experience includes service as a faculty member at Carnegie-Mellon University (1981-1988), Economic Adviser to the Chairman of the U.S. International Trade Commission (1988-1989), and Assistant Director, Economics and Business, on the White House Domestic Policy Staff (1978-1979).  He received his B.A. from McGill University in 1975 and his Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University in 1982.  

Joe Aldy is Special Assistant to the President for Energy and the Environment at the National Economic Council and the Office of Energy and Climate Change in the White House. He is on leave as a Fellow from Resources for the Future. His research has focused on climate change policy, mortality risk valuation (value of statistical life), energy subsidies to low-income households, and energy policy. Aldy has previously served as Co-Director of the Harvard Project on International Climate Agreements, Co-Director of the International Energy Workshop, Treasurer of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, and as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and Johns Hopkins University. He served as Senior Economist and Senior Advisor on the staff to the Council of Economic Advisers, where he covered the environmental, energy, and natural resources portfolio. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University, and Master of Environmental Management and B.A. degrees from Duke University.

Greg Dotson, House Committee on Energy and Commerce

Greg Dotson is Chief Environment and Energy Counsel of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the Committee with legislative jurisdiction over national energy policy. He was a lead House staffer in the development of the energy provisions authorized in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Prior to holding this position, he was the Chief Environmental Counsel of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the principal oversight committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. In this position, he led investigations into the White House’s politicization of climate change science and the EPA’s efforts to block California’s regulation of greenhouse gas emissions. He also conducted oversight of the Department of Energy, Department of Transportation, the Corps of Engineers, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other federal agencies. Prior to this position, he was Counsel in the Washington, D.C., Office of Representative Henry A. Waxman and Minority Counsel with the House Government Reform Committee. He works on issues relating to energy, environment, public health, and governmental oversight. He has worked on numerous laws relating to energy and environment throughout the legislative process. Mr. Dotson received a Juris Doctorate from the University of Oregon, School of Law, in 1995.

Joe Goffman, Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works

Joseph Goffman is Majority Senior Counsel to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, focusing on climate change, clean air and energy issues. Mr. Goffman was most recently Legislative Director for Senator Joseph Lieberman (D-CT). He has more than two decades of experience in environmental issues in the public and non-profit sectors, with special expertise in climate and air pollution policy. He held senior policy and management positions at the Environmental Defense Fund and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the acid rain program before joining Senator Lieberman’s staff in 2005. He also served on the Environment and Public Works Committee staff during the development of the landmark Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, which established the first U.S. “cap and trade” program for air pollution. He earned a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School and his B.A. from Yale College.

Andrea Spring, House Committee on Energy and Commerce

Andrea Spring works on energy issues as a Republican professional staff member for the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Prior to joining the committee, she was a director of legislative affairs at the Electric Power Supply Association, a trade association representing competitive power suppliers active in US and global power markets. A native of Louisiana, she received her M.A. in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and her B.A. in history from Yale University.