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Charles McConnell

Charles McConnell

Executive Director, Rice University’s Energy and Environment Initiative

Charles D. McConnell is executive director of Rice University's Energy and Environment Initiative, an interdisciplinary effort to partner with industry and external stakeholders to create a reliable and affordable energy platform. He joined Rice in August 2013 after serving two years as the assistant secretary of energy at the U.S. Department of Energy. Prior to joining DOE, he served as vice president of carbon management at Battelle Energy Technology in Columbus, Ohio and had 32 years with Praxair, Inc. running global businesses. He holds a number of board positions in the energy market and has a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University (1977) and an MBA in finance from Cleveland State University (1984).

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The Clean Power Plan has been falsely sold as environmental regulation, when it is really an attempt by our primary federal environmental regulator to take over federal and State regulation of energy. 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

What is energy sustainability, and how can it be viewed globally?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

This Clean Carbon Plan does not — let me repeat — this plan does not impact CO2 levels or climate change in any relevant or impactful way.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Monica Trauzzi interviews Charles McConnell. McConnell discusses the Obama administration's fossil energy strategy and the challenges ahead for technological innovation.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015