Washington, D.C. – On Monday, September 18th, the Center for American Progress and the Worldwatch Institute will launch a landmark report, American Energy: The Renewable Path to Energy Security. The report provides a vision of an American energy economy that is highly efficient and far more reliant on clean, domestic energy sources. Speakers will address the roles of Congress, business, and NGO communities to make a strong case that renewable energy is now poised to become a strategic centerpiece of the country’s environmental, economic and security future.
U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM)
John Podesta, President and CEO, Center for American Progress
Christopher Flavin, President, Worldwatch Institute
Monday, September 18, 2006 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Admission is free
A light breakfast will be served
Lyndon Baines Johnson Room U.S. Capitol S-211
Please use the Capitol’s Senate Entrance
Senator Jeff Bingaman grew up in Silver City in a family with deep New Mexico small town roots. His father was a science professor at Western New Mexico University, and his mother taught in the public schools. As a young boy, Jeff was raised to appreciate the values New Mexicans hold dear: personal responsibility, respect, and hard work. He had a paper route and was active in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, earning the rank of Eagle Scout. He graduated from high school in Silver City, then attended Harvard University and later Stanford Law School. There he met fellow law student Anne Kovacovich. After graduation, they married and returned to New Mexico, where they both practiced law. Later, their son John was born. Jeff was elected New Mexico Attorney General in 1978. In that role, he earned a reputation as a thoughtful and dedicated public official. In 1982, he won election to the United States Senate. Since then, Jeff’s seniority in the Senate and his leadership positions on key committees have allowed him to champion issues important to New Mexico. His determination to solve real problems facing New Mexico’s families and communities has put him in the foreground on a range of issues, including fighting crime, providing affordable healthcare, improving our schools, developing renewable energy, protecting our natural resources, and creating and retaining good jobs across the state and nation.
John Podesta is the president and CEO of the Center for American Progress and visiting professor of law at the Georgetown University Law Center. Podesta served as chief of staff to President William J. Clinton from October 1998 until January 2001, where he was responsible for directing, managing, and overseeing all policy development, daily operations, Congressional relations, and staff activities of the White House. He coordinated the work of cabinet agencies with a particular emphasis on the development of federal budget and tax policy, and served in the President’s Cabinet and as a principal on the National Security Council. Podesta has also held a number of positions on Capitol Hill including: counselor to Democratic Leader Senator Thomas A. Daschle; chief counsel for the Senate Agriculture Committee; chief minority counsel for the Senate Judiciary Subcommittees on Patents, Copyrights, and Trademarks; Security and Terrorism; and Regulatory Reform; and counsel on the Majority Staff of the Senate Judiciary Committee. John is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and Knox College.
Christopher Flavin is President of the Worldwatch Institute, where he serves as chief executive and represents the organization before a wide range of international audiences. In his long career at Worldwatch, he has helped guide the Institute’s development, serving as vice president for research and later as senior vice president. He was appointed president in September 2000. Christopher is actively engaged in international climate change and energy policy discussions, and participated in the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, the Climate Change Conference in Kyoto Japan in 1997, and the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in 2002. He is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences Board on Energy and Environmental Systems, the Climate Institute, and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute. Christopher is a native of Monterey California and a cum laude graduate of Williams College, where he studied economics, biology, and environmental studies.
The Center for American Progress is a nonpartisan research and educational institute dedicated to promoting a strong, just and free America that ensures opportunity for all. We believe that Americans are bound together by a common commitment to these values and we aspire to ensure that our national policies reflect these values. We work to find progressive and pragmatic solutions to significant domestic and international problems and develop policy proposals that foster a government that is “of the people, by the people, and for the people.”
The Worldwatch Institute is an independent research organization that focuses on innovative solutions to global environmental, resource, and economic issues. The Institute’s State of the World report has been published in 36 languages and is read annually by prime ministers, CEOs, and thousands of university students. Founded in 1974, Worldwatch’s current priorities include transforming the world’s energy and agricultural systems to better meet human needs and protect the environment, as well as the broader challenge of building a sustainable global economy.