Phil Grossweiler, M.S., M&H Energy Services of Houston, TX
"Evolving U.S. Policies on Energy and Climate Change"
Abstract: Mr. Grossweiler discussed evolving U.S. policies on energy and climate change, and provided his "in the trenches" perspectives while working as a Congressional Fellow on energy and climate change policy issues. He discussed interfaces with congressional staff, lobbyists, think tanks and New Mexico constituents on a broad range of energy, resource access, and climate change issues as well as work in developing legislation for renewable energy and energy production in ANWR and the Outer Continental Shelf.
The evolving climate change policy is now driven by policy leaders who have decided that "the science is settled." Rather than attempt to debate with anyone whose "mind is already made up", this talk addressed the relationship between energy security and climate change. The speaker summarized key technology options for future energy supplies and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. He offered comparisons of “cap and trade” and a carbon tax policies and discussed the costs and sacrifices either policy would impose on the U.S. public.