Leaders from both the Democratic and Republican parties discuss setting America's energy future at the DNC.
This event will present an opportunity for top American thought leaders to exchange views on an issue of central importance to the American electorate: our energy future, energy security, and how energy policy is shaped by political considerations. The Atlantic and National Journal will host a top thinker from each of the two major political parties in this moderated debate, facilitating an informed and spirited dialogue on vitally important issues surrounding our energy resources. This uniquely educational event will serve as a rich source of information on energy policy in an ever more energy-dependent world economy.
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The Honorable John Barrasso
Senator John Barrasso was elected to the United States Senate in November of 2008 and reelected in 2012 to his first full term. Sen. Barrasso is known by many as “Wyoming’s Doctor,” after having had a long and recognized career in both medicine and public service. During 24 years as an orthopedic surgeon in Casper, Sen. Barrasso served as president of the Wyoming Medical Society and was named Wyoming Physician of the Year.
Howard Brush Dean III is an American politician and physician from the U.S. state of Vermont. He served six terms as Governor of Vermont and ran unsuccessfully for the 2004 Democratic Presidential nomination. He was the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2005 to 2009.
Before entering politics, Dean received his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1978. Dean was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives as a Democrat in 1982 and was elected lieutenant governor in 1986. Both were part-time positions that enabled him to continue practicing medicine.
In 1991, Dean became Governor of Vermont when Richard A. Snelling died in office. Dean was subsequently elected to five two-year terms, serving as governor from 1991 to 2003, making him the second longest-serving Governor in Vermont history, after Thomas Chittenden (1778–1789 and 1790–1797). Dean served as chairman of the National Governors Association from 1994 to 1995; during his term, Vermont paid off much of its public debt and had a balanced budget 11 times, lowering income taxes twice. Dean also oversaw the expansion of the "Dr. Dynasaur" program, which ensures universal health care for children and pregnant women in the state.
An early front-runner in the 2004 Democratic Presidential nomination, Dean denounced the 2003 invasion of Iraq and called on Democrats to more strongly oppose the Bush Administration. Dean showed strong fundraising ability, and was a pioneer of political fundraising via the internet; however, he eventually lost the nomination to Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts. Dean formed the organization Democracy for America and later was elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee in February 2005.
Dean was named "chairman emeritus" of the DNC upon his retirement. He was mentioned as a possible candidate for Secretary of Health and Human Services and Surgeon General under the Obama administration.
Amy Harder reports on the intersection of policy, politics and economics of energy and environment issues for National Journal. This includes covering congressional legislation, executive-branch rulemakings and international policy actions affecting the United States. Harder also moderates the popular Energy & Environment Policy Insiders Discussion, which includes more than 100 experts, advocacy leaders and lawmakers in Washington and around the country. Harder moderates and participates in panel discussions hosted online by National Journal and other organizations. She has appeared on CSPAN, MSNBC, Fox News and NPR, among other media outlets; and she delivers speeches throughout the country on national energy and environment policy.
Before covering energy and environment policy, Harder covered the selection of a new Supreme Court justice as the lead reporter for National Journal’s The Ninth Justice blog. Harder has covered a variety of topics since coming to National Journal in May 2008, including foreign policy, national security and political advertising. Prior to her time here, Harder was a staff writer for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. Harder is originally from Washington State and received a B.A. in journalism with honors from Western Washington University.
Howard Dean, former Governor of Vermont, and John Anthony Barrasso, Junior US Senator (R-WY), discuss the future of the XL Keystone Pipeline and oil sand development. Regardless of who wins the election, Dean believes that the pipeline will be constructed.