Clean Energy Can Drive America's Economic Recovery

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Renewable Energy

Tuesday, May 8, 2011

To drag our economy out of the biggest crisis since the Great Depression, America needs another moon shot. Can the investment of billions into the clean energy sector trigger the creation of millions of jobs and innovation? Or would we simply be pumping dollars into the myth of a green economy?

  • For the motion

    For

    Bill Ritter

    41st Governor of Colorado

  • For the motion

    For

    Kassia Yanosek

    Founder of Tana Energy Capital LLC

  • Against the Motion

    Against

    Steven Hayward

    Author, Almanac of Environmental Trends

  • Against the motion

    Against

    Robert Bryce

    Author, Power Hungry: The Myths of "Green" Energy

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    John Donvan

    Author and correspondent for ABC News.

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Ritter

For The Motion

Bill Ritter

Governor of Colorado

Was Colorado’s 41st governor. He established Colorado as a national and international leader in renewable energy by building a New Energy Economy that is creating thousands of new jobs and establishing hundreds of new companies. Gov. Ritter served as Denver's district attorney from 1993 to January 2005. He earned his bachelor's degree in political science from Colorado State University (1978) and his law degree from the University of Colorado (1981).

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Yanosek

For The Motion

Kassia Yanosek

Founder of Tana Energy Capital LLC

Is an investment advisor to the energy sector and is founder of Tana Energy Capital LLC. She also serves as a Steering Committee member of the U.S. Partnership for Renewable Energy Finance, a group she co-founded in 2009 with other financiers from leading institutions to provide insights to U.S. government officials on renewable energy policy from a capital markets perspective. In 2005, she served in the White House as an advisor on energy and economic policy at the National Economic Council.

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Bryce

Against The Motion

Robert Bryce

Author, Power Hungry: The Myths of "Green" Energy

Is the author of several books, most recently Power Hungry: The Myths of "Green" Energy and the Real Fuels of the Future (2010). From 2006 to September 2010, he worked as the managing editor of the Houston-based online publication, Energy Tribune. In April 2010, he joined the Manhattan Institute’s Center for Energy Policy and the Environment as a senior fellow. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications including the Atlantic Monthly, Wall Street Journal, Slate, New York Times, and the Washington Post.

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Hayward

Against The Motion

Steven Hayward

Author, Almanac of Environmental Trends

writes on a wide range of public policy issues. He is the author of Almanac of Environmental Trends and most recently Mere Environmentalism, an examination of the philosophical presuppositions underlying the environmental movement. He has written biographies of Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan and of Winston Churchill. Hayward is also a senior fellow at the Pacific Research Institute. He contributes to AEI's Energy and Environment Outlook series.

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Declared Winner: Against The Motion

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