New Directions for U.S. Energy Policy: A Hamilton Project Forum at Stanford University


When: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 • 9:00 AM to 1:15 PM

Where: Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center • 326 Galvez Street • Stanford, CA

Media Inquiries: Kaitlyn Golden • 202-797-6082 •

General Inquiries: Kristina Gerken • 202-797-4360 •



The U.S. energy system is benefiting from an unprecedented increase in North American supplies of natural gas and petroleum.  These changes are strengthening our economy and altering the relationships between our energy choices and health, climate change, and national security.  At the same time, there is tremendous hope that innovation in the energy sector will identify new solutions to these problems. On June 13th, The Hamilton Project at Brookings held an event at Stanford University to explore how best to manage these opportunities while achieving our long-term energy and environmental goals.
Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg gave welcoming remarks, followed by an overview of the event by former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin.  Participants included, among others: former Chevron Chairman and CEO David J. O’Reilly, Duke Energy CEO James E. Rogers, former Sun Microsystems Chairman and CEO Vinod Khosla, Farallon Capital Management Senior Managing Member Thomas F. Steyer, former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, Director of the Global Climate and Energy Project at Stanford University Sally M. Benson, and Hoover Institution Distinguished Fellow George Shultz, former U.S. Secretary of Labor, Treasury, and State.




Welcome and Introductions

Sheryl Sandberg
Chief Operating Officer, Facebook 

Introduction and Roadmap of Events

Robert E. Rubin
Co-Chair, Council on Foreign Relations
Former U.S. Treasury Secretary 

Overview of the Energy Landscape

David J. O'Reilly
Former Chairman and CEO, Chevron Corporation

Roundtable: The Future for U.S. Natural Gas

Author: Lucas Davis
Assistant Professor of Economic Analysis and Policy, University of California, Berkeley
Modernizing Bonding Requirements for Natural Gas Producers

Author:  Chris Knittel
Professor of Energy Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Leveling the Playing Field for Natural Gas in Transportation

Author: Michael Levi
Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
A Strategy for U.S. Natural Gas Exports

Discussant:  Kathleen McGinty
Senior Vice President and Managing Director for Strategic Growth, Weston Solutions, Inc.
Former Director, White House Council on Environmental Quality

Discussant:  Barry Smitherman
Chairman, Railroad Commission of Texas

Moderator:  Michael Greenstone,
Director, The Hamilton Project
3M Professor of Environmental Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Roundtable: Investing in Clean Energy Innovation

Sally M. Benson
Director, Global Climate and Energy Project, Stanford University

Kenneth A. Hersh
Co-Founder and CEO, NGP Energy Capital Management

Vinod Khosla
Khosla Ventures
Former Chairman and CEO, Sun Microsystems

James E. Rogers
Chairman, President, and CEO, Duke Energy

Moderator: Hemant Taneja
Managing Director, General Catalyst Partners
Co-Founder, Advanced Energy Economy

Moderated Discussion: Challenges and Opportunities for America’s Energy Future

Hon. Jennifer Granholm
Host of “The War Room,” Current TV
Distinguished Practitioner of Law and Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley
Former Michigan Governor

Admiral (ret.) Gary Roughead
Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institution
Former Chief of Naval Operations

George P. Shultz
Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow, Hoover Institution
Former U.S. Secretary of Labor, Treasury, and State

Thomas F. Steyer
Senior Managing Member, Farallon Capital Management, L.L.C.
Co-Chair, Californians for Clean Energy and Jobs

Moderator:  Roger C. Altman
Founder and Chairman, Evercore Partners

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