In the fall of 2003, I was at a barbeque in Vermont with a friend and former (Clinton-era) DOE official. The northeast blackout that August was still in the news, and I asked him whether he anticipated that it would lead to any policy reforms. His response was that during his tenure in D.C., the biggest challenge to smart energy policy was that with very rare exceptions, energy has never been an electoral issue. Those who seek elected office therefore find themselves personally disadvantaged if they allocate their limited educational time to understanding the nuances of our energy policy -- …
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Sean Casten is president & CEO of Recycled Energy Development, LLC, a company devoted to profitably reducing greenhouse emissions.