Off-Record Meeting: "Energy and Climate on the White House Agenda"

"President Obama hosted a casual off-the-record meeting with a diverse group of energy and climate change experts at the White House on Thursday evening, officials and participants said Friday."

"The session appeared to mark an early stage of the “national conversation” on how to deal with climate change that Mr. Obama promised to lead shortly after he was re-elected in November.

Among the participants were top oil and gas and utility executives, academic experts on energy, former government officials and a half-dozen White House staff members. Bill Ritter Jr., the former governor of Colorado and an outspoken advocate for clean energy, was there, as was Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a former chairwoman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Cass R. Sunstein, the Harvard Law School professor who served as overseer of federal regulation in Mr. Obama’s first term, was also at the table."

John M. Broder reports for the New York Times' Caucus blog March 8, 2013.


"Obama boosts energy focus with White House meeting, upcoming lab visit" (E2 Wire/The Hill)

"Obama Seeks Views of Outside Experts, Businesses on Climate and Energy Policies" (Washington Post)

Source: NY Times, 03/12/2013