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As part of our ongoing review of the September 12 energy conference, brief summaries of the second-session panels, which ran concurrently, can be found below. Videos of the panels can be found by clicking on the titles.
The second panel of the day was led by Bruce Bullock, the Director of SMU’s Maguire Energy Institute. Highlighting the panel was Joe Craft, CEO of Alliance Resource Partners, L.P., who discussed on a micro level how his company has grown and prospered in the face of mounting regulations. Adding a macro perspective, Mac McFarland, CEO of Luminant Energy, outlined two threats to the coal industry: (1) environmental regulation, and (2) the emergence of natural gas as an alternative to coal. Beginning with the latter, McFarland stressed that while coal may eventually be replaced by natural gas, it is vital that the two industries be able to compete on a level playing field, with fair, across-the-board regulation. As to the former, McFarland noted that new regulation needs to be achievable and implemented according to a reasonable timeline that allows companies to come into compliance.
Although titled “Green or Growing?,” this panel actually tackled the question of whether an economy can be green and growing. Moderated by Terry Anderson, President of the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC), the panel turned to Dino Falaschetti to tackle the misconception that environmental and economic growth goals are mutually exclusive. Falaschetti stated that one way to grow an economy is by producing more with less. Likewise, being sustainable can also be defined as making more with less. Therefore, he believes, economic growth is inherently green. Although growth is often a driver for environmental improvements, Falaschetti has found that the domestic GDP may be reduced by as much as 0.4% for every $100 billion spent on green subsidies. Compounded over generations, this growth shortfall has major implications for future American prosperity.
TARIFF-IED: Trade Talk with Matthew Rooney
This week, trade relations between the U.S. and India are continuing to escalate. Earlier this month, the U.S. stopped granting India special trade privileges by taking away the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program, and India has responded by enforcing more tariffs of its own. The George W. Bush-SMU Economic Growth Initiative Director Matthew Rooney breaks down the trade conflict: For more information on trade groups and the global economy, visit www.bushcenter.org/scorecard.
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Bush Institute's Laura Collins Talks Immigration on Good Morning Texas
Last week, Deputy Director of Economic Growth at the George. W. Bush Institute Laura Collins spoke with Good Morning Texas about immigration myths. During the interview, Collins had the opportunity to set the record straight and address common misconceptions about legal immigrants living in America today. The segment was inspired from facts released earlier this fall by the Bush Institute in the third edition of America's Advantage: A Handbook on Immigration and Economic Growth. Watch the full Good Morning Texas interview here.