Shaping the Energy Technology Transition
One year ago, I participated in my first radio interview with Dialectica Radio (91.7 FM here in Austin). The topic was Shaping the Energy Technology Transition and the discussion included policy recommendations for a comprehensive federal energy and climate policy. These recommendations were developed over a two semester (9 month) period by 13 graduate students. This was less time than it has now taken the federal government to move from passing the House energy and climate bill (H.R. 2454) and (almost) proposing the Senate bill (authored by Senators Kerry, Lieberman and Graham).
The development of our recommendations occurred in a similar fashion to that in D.C. over the past year. Republicans, Democrats, Independents – all together in a room, hashing out ideological differences to obtain a compromise that would achieve the group’s goals in a way that folks could live with. There were some heated moments – and a lot of discussion, evaluation, and compromise. At the end of the 9 month project, we prepared a report that topped the 200 page mark. Quite an achievement – we felt – for a bunch of grad students.
To check out the archived recording, you can go here