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Updated 9/9/2013 --  On September 12, 2013, the Bush Institute will host “A Conference on Energy Regulation: Lessons on Growth from the States, the Nation and Abroad”, bringing together Bush Center experts, lawmakers and leading industry figures in an effort to trace and even quantify the cost that sometimes arbitrary regulation imposes on growth and to suggest more sensible regulation that could benefit America.

America’s energy sector has the power to deliver unprecedented domestic economic growth. But our ability to take advantage of that power is limited. One obstacle often holds this sector back: regulation. While good regulation fosters growth, poor regulatory policies stymie it.

This gathering is part of the Bush Institute’s 4% Growth Project, aimed at generating a national conversation focused on how the U.S. can achieve real, sustained GDP growth of four percent annually – a level that will ensure Americans better jobs, lower debt and vastly increase opportunity and prosperity.

What:  A Conference on Energy Regulation: Lessons on Growth from the States, the Nation and Abroad
When:  September 12, 2013
Logistics: Media interested in attending the event must register for credentials by September 9 at 5pm CT at https://forms.bushcenter.org/Credentials.

Due to extremely limited space, live event feeds will be provided to attending media via HD-SDI format.  Those feeds include a program feed (clean or dirty) and ISO of three camera angles (robo or studio build up). This includes a head on podium shot and the wide stage shot.

Program audio follows the video on the HD-SDI signal and a mult box will also be available. The event will also be broadcast live via webstream on www.bushcenter.org/live.
Run of Show (updated 9/9/2013)

8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. 
The Honorable Donald L. Evans
Chair, George W. Bush Foundation Board of Directors 

Panel I: The Record of Growth and Regulation in the States
8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Staying true to the desires of the Founding Fathers, our states have remained independent, with each jurisdiction determining its own energy policy. In this illuminating comparative panel, state scholars and leaders discuss the impact that separate and distinct regulatory policies have upon energy sectors across the country.

The Honorable Karen A. Harbert

President and Chief Executive Officer, Institute for 21st Century Energy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The Honorable Tom Corbett
Governor, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

The Honorable Christi Craddick
Commissioner, Railroad Commission of Texas

Diana Furchtgott-Roth
Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research

Michael Orlando
Principal, Economic Advisors, Inc.
Lecturer, Global Energy Management, University of Colorado – Denver

The Honorable Ed Schafer
Former Governor of North Dakota
Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

Panel II A: The Future of Coal Regulation
9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Despite America’s newfound energy abundance, coal remains a major source of energy that fuels our lives and, increasingly, those of citizens in other nations.  Some coal regulations benefit neither the environment nor the economy; other times such regulation makes coal a win-win proposition. Join leaders from the coal industry as they discuss the role of regulation in a changing industry.

Bruce Bullock

Director, Maguire Energy Institute
Adjunct Lecturer, Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Business Economics, SMU Cox School of Business

Joe Craft
President and Chief Executive Officer, Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. 

Ray McCormick
Managing Director, Headwaters MB

Mac McFarland
Chief Executive Officer, Luminant

Andrew Morriss
D. Paul Jones, Jr. & Charlene A. Jones
Chairholder in Law, University of Alabama

Panel II B:  Green or Growing?
9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Webcast at 12:15 p.m.

The debate over the environment is often presented as an either-or proposition. Sometimes that is the case: a town or state can be either green or growing, but not both. In many instances, though, green policy and growth policy go hand in hand. This panel discusses the intersection of the two policies and the extent to which they diverge.

Terry Anderson

President, Property and Environment
Research Center

Dino Falaschetti
Executive Director, Property and Environment Research Center 

David R. Hill
Executive Vice President and General Counsel, NRG Energy, Inc.

Michael A. Levi
Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment and Director of the Program on Energy Security and Climate Change, Council on Foreign Relations

Eric Pooley
Senior Vice President, Strategy and Communications, Environmental Defense Fund

Bernard L. Weinstein
Associate Director, Maguire Energy Institute
Adjunct Professor of Business Economics, SMU Cox School of Business

Panel III: Our Nation’s Growth Versus Other Nations’
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

As for states, so for nations … Some nations see their energy sectors grow faster than others and natural resources are but one contributing factor. Sometimes a nation’s regulatory policy towards energy can make a difference between stagnation and unemployment, and ferocious growth. In this panel, policymakers and industry leaders discuss how policies abroad impact growth and outline the lessons that can be applied here at home.

James Lucier

Managing Director, Capital Alpha Partners, LLC

The Honorable Kevin Brady
United States House of Representatives, 8th District of Texas 

Lane Britain
Partner, Highland Capital Management, L.P.
Managing Director, Falcon E&P Opportunities Fund, L.P.

The Honorable C. Boyden Gray
Founder, Boyden Gray & Associates

Kenneth A. Hersh
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, NGP Energy Capital Management

Roger Meiners
Goolsby-Rosenthal Chair, Economics and Law, University of Texas at Arlington
Chairman, Department of Economics, University of Texas at Arlington

Duncan Wood
Director, Mexico Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Panel IV: Energy Exports: The Potential for Growth in Exports
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Another form of regulation is export policy. This is especially true for natural gas, where an onerous and arbitrary permit process determines which companies may export and which must wait. Also a point of debate, some firms believe it is best to keep resources such as coal and natural gas at home, while others advocate greater opportunity to export. Join experts and industry leaders as they discuss an issue that is key to growth and our energy future.

The Honorable James K. Glassman

Visiting Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
Former Executive Director of the George W. Bush Institute

Paul Cicio

President, Industrial Energy Consumers of America

Robbie Diamond
President and Chief Executive Officer, Electrification Coalition
Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer, 
Securing America’s Future Energy

The Honorable Ron Kirk
Senior of Counsel, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP 
Ambassador, 16th U.S. Trade Representative

Scott Sheffield
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Pioneer Natural Resources

Kelcy Warren
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Energy Transfer Partners

Introduction of President Bush
2:40 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
The Honorable Margaret Spellings
President, George W. Bush Presidential Center

Remarks by President George W. Bush
2:45 p.m.  – 2:55 p.m.                    

Panel V: Governors and Policymakers Roundtable on How to Achieve Energy Growth
2:55 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.

Everyone gets the theory, but what is energy policy really like in practice? Join Russell Gold, energy reporter at The Wall Street Journal, as he probes sitting and former governors and policymakers about decisions made while in office.

Russell Gold, 
Staff Reporter, The Wall Street Journal

The Honorable Sam Brownback
Governor, Kansas

The Honorable James Douglas
Former Governor of Vermont

The Honourable James Flaherty
Minister of Finance, Canada

The Honorable Jordy Herrera
Former Secretary of Energy, Mexico

The Honorable Rick Perry
Governor, Texas

3:55 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Closing of Conference

For more information, please visit http://www.bushcenter.org/4-growth-project/energy. All public Bush Institute events are broadcast live via webstream on www.bushcenter.org/live.