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Fifty Years of Energy Policy - Lessons for the Future. Four Pop-Up Lectures by John Deutch

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Event Details:

Open to all Stanford students (graduate and undergrad), staff and faculty.
Begins February 8th. Four Tuesday's, 3:15 - 4:45pm. In person and virtual attendance options. Students and faculty are encouraged to attend in-person. Community members may watch via Live Stream links provided below. Please RSVP here

Series Description:

2/8: The first four: Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan. Issues: Arab Oil Embargo, Formation of the International Energy Agency, Nuclear Regulatory Agency, Energy Independence, Department of Energy, National Energy Plan, Synthetic Fuels Corporation.  Leave energy policy to the market? Livestream Link

2/15: The next five: H.W. Bush, Clinton, W. Bush, Obama, Biden. Issues: The Indian bomb and Nonproliferation policy, 1992 Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit, putting a price on carbon emissions, failure of BTU tax, Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade, solar and wind generation deployment surge, the UN Framework Agreement on Climate Change, Climate science, models, and policy, 2015 Paris Agreement, U.S. – China climate agreement, U.S. leaves Paris Agreement, losing international leadership. Livestream Link

2/22: Placing different the issues into buckets: political volatility, economic uncertainty, technology, geopolitical events, governance (state/federal, congress/executive branch, international organizations), regional/community/social impacts. Livestream Link

3/1: What needs to be done?  Ten actions required from policy stability to innovation. Livestream Link

Speaker Bio

John Deutch is an Institute Professor Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has published over 160 technical publications in physical chemistry, as well as numerous publications on technology, energy, international security, and public policy issues.

Deutch has served in significant government and academic posts throughout his career. From 1977 to 1980, he served in several positions for the United States Department of Energy (DOE): as Director of Energy Research, Acting Assistant Secretary for Energy Technology, and Undersecretary of the Department. He also served as Director of Central Intelligence after serving as Deputy Secretary of Defense and Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology.

Deutch also served on the President's Nuclear Safety Oversight Committee; the President's Commission on Strategic Forces: the White House Science Council; the President's  Foreign  Intelligence  Advisory  Board; the President's Commission on Aviation Safety and Security; the President's Commission on Reducing and Protecting Government Secrecy;  and  as  Chairman  of  the Commission to Assess the Organization of the Federal Government to Combat the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction. He was a member of the President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology and a member of the National Petroleum Council. He was a member and chair of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board.

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