Richard G. Newell is the Gendell Professor of Energy and Environmental Economics at the Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University and Director of the Duke University Energy Initiative. In 2009, he was confirmed by the Senate as the head of the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the agency responsible for official U.S. government energy statistics and analysis, where he served until 2011. Dr. Newell has also served as the Senior Economist for energy and environment on the President’s Council of Economic Advisors. He is on the Board of Directors and is a University Fellow of Resources for the Future, where he was previously a Senior Fellow. He is a Research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and has provided expert advice and consulted with many private, governmental, non-governmental, and international institutions. He authored a discussion paper for The Hamilton Project in December 2008.