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The final post on our November 12 energy conference focuses on the governors and policymakers roundtable, which can be viewed by clicking on the title below.
Moderated by Russell Gold, energy reporter for The Wall Street Journal, the final panel featured Governor Rick Perry; Governor Sam Brownback; former Governor James Douglas; Canadian Minister of Finance James Flaherty; and former Mexico Secretary of Energy Jordy Herrera.
The first panelist, Gov. Perry, stated that the best way to achieve growth is by incenting the private-sector to risk capital. He added that regulation is important, but that the regulations must be well crafted and customized to fit specific circumstances. He argued that states are often in the best position to regulate since they are more in touch with a region’s needs.
Gov. Perry also remarked on the importance of having representatives from Canada and Mexico present on the panel, saying that “…this is the start of a discussion to create a North American energy policy that can change the future of the world.” Minister Flaherty and Minister Herrera both agreed, each giving examples of how the countries already are interconnected and work together on energy issues. Ultimately, this North American theme will continue to be explored and developed at the Bush Center, as it pertains to energy and other economic issues.
TARIFFIED: 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.
How Trade Spreads Holiday Cheer
It is projected that the average American household will spend more than $1,000 during the holidays this year.
Deporting Salvadorans May Lead to Economic Decline
We should think carefully about a policy whose major impacts are likely to be reductions in employment and economic activity here at home, and increased instability and lawlessness along our borders.
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.