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How to Make the U.S. a Leader in the Clean Energy Economy

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM EST


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In his State of the Union speech, President Obama said, "I do not accept second place for the United States of America." But the truth is that when it comes to the clean energy economy, the United States isn’t even coming in second. Amidst growing concerns about clean-energy jobs going overseas, this conference will discuss what it will take for the U.S. to regain its competitiveness in the global clean energy economy.

The Apollo Alliance and Center for American Progress will bring together policymakers, academics, business and labor leaders, and other experts to discuss what policies will support the United States in becoming not only a consumer of clean-energy technologies but also a leading producer of them.

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.: Opening Remarks:
Phil Angelides, Chairman, Apollo Alliance
John Podesta, President and Chief Executive Officer, Center for American Progress

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10:00 – 11:15 a.m.: The American Clean Energy Economy in 2020: What Should It Look Like and How Can We Get There?
Rob Atkinson, President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Bob Borosage, President, Institute for America’s Future
Peter Brehm, Vice President of Business Development and Government Relations, Infinia Corporation
Kathleen McGinty, Former Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

Moderated by:
Susan McGinnis, Managing Editor and Anchor, Clean Skies News

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11:30 – 12:15 p.m.: Keynote Speeches: Perspectives from House and Senate Champions on How to Grow a Thriving and Globally Competitive Clean Energy Economy
Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)

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Congressman Jay Inslee (D-WA)

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Introduced by:

Cathy Calfo, Executive Director, Apollo Alliance

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.: The U.S. and the World: What Are Other Countries Doing and What Could the U.S. Do?
Thea Lee, Deputy Chief of Staff, AFL-CIO
Leo Hindery, Chair of the U.S. Economy/Smart Globalization Initiative, New America Foundation
Julian Wong, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for American Progress
Joan Fitzgerald, author of Emerald Cities: Urban Sustainability and Economic Development

Moderated by:
Bracken Hendricks, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

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2:45 – 4:15 p.m.: Educating the Clean Energy Workforce of the Future

Keynote speach:
William Spriggs, Assistent Secretary for Policy, US Department of Labor

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Andy Levin, Chief Workforce Officer, State of Michigan
Louis Soares, Director of the Postsecondary Education Program, Center for American Progress
Van Jones, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress; Founder, Green For All
Joel Rogers, Director, Center on Wisconsin Strategy


Moderated by:
Kate Gordon, Vice President for Energy Policy, Center for American Progress

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4:15 – 5:00 p.m.: Making America A Winner in the Clean Energy Economy
Jared Bernstein, Chief Economist and Economic Policy Advisor to Vice President Joseph Biden
Phil Angelides, Chairman, Apollo Alliance

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