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United States Energy Policy

As the price of gas rises, along with the debate over the safety of nuclear energy, so too does the concern over the country’s energy policy. Georgetown faculty experts on climate change, geoscience, renewable energy, environmental politics and policy as well as environmental history are available to comment on and explain topics related to America's energy policy.

Faculty Experts Include:

Hope Babcock

Hope Babcock, co-director of the Institute for Public Representation at Georgetown University Law Center, is also a professor of environmental and natural resources law. Her areas of expertise include nuclear power, off and onshore oil and gas development, surface mining and energy consumption and conservation. She has served as general counsel to the National Audubon Society and as deputy general counsel and director of Audubon's Public Lands and Water Program. 

Tim Beach

Timothy Beach, professor of geography and geoscience at the Walsh School of Foreign Service, is an expert on issues involving soil and agricultural systems, environmental change and geoarchaeology. Dr. Beach also teaches courses in environmental science and physical geography (climatology, hydrology, geomorphology and environmental management) and how these relate to international management and policy. 

Thomas Brewer

Thomas Brewer, associate professor at the McDonough School of Business, specializes in issues associated with climate change, including the intersections of climate change issues with international trade, technology transfer and investment issues. His publications include numerous articles in the refereed journal Climate Policy as well as several book chapters. He has made presentations on climate change issues at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) in London, the European Union and the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in Brussels, the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) in Tokyo, the Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome, as well other conferences for academic, business and government audiences.

David Konisky

David Konisky, of the Georgetown Public Policy Institute, researches American politics and public policy, with particular emphasis on regulation, environmental politics and policy, state politics and public opinion. His work has been published in various journals, including the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Opinion Quarterly and State Politics and Policy Quarterly. He is also co-author of the book: Superfund’s Future: What Will it Cost? (RFF Press). David is currently working on projects examining state regulatory enforcement of federal pollution control laws, environmental equity in government activities and public attitudes toward energy and environmental issues.

Joanna Lewis

Joanna Lewis, assistant professor of science, technology and international affairs, is an expert on the renewable energy industry, energy policy development and mechanisms for low-carbon technology transfer in the developing world. Her current research focuses on the development of China’s wind power industry, the security implications of climate change impacts for China and the future of the bilateral relationship between the United States and China on energy and climate change.

John McNeill

John McNeill, professor of world history, environmental history and international history in the School of Foreign Service and history department, is an expert on the history of environmental disaster. His research includes a deep analysis into the global environmental impact and ecological repercussions of human history. He has written numerous books, including The Human Web: A Bird’s-eye View of World History and Something New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of the 20th-Century World.

Edward Montgomery

Edward Montgomery, dean of the Georgetown Public Policy Institute, came to Georgetown after serving on President Obama’s Auto Task Force and as the executive director of White House Council for Auto Communities and Workers. Montgomery is an economic policy expert who worked with Department of Energy officials on the job to create potential for electric vehicles, smart grid technology, solar energy and other green energy investments.

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