On October 5, 2012, at Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT), representatives from the Democratic and Republican presidential campaigns engaged in a 90-minute debate on energy issues. The representative for President Obama was Joseph Aldy, a faculty member at the Harvard Kennedy School and a former special assistant to the president on energy and the environment in 2009-2010. The representative for Mitt Romney was Oren Cass, the domestic policy directory for Mr. Romney’s campaign and formerly a consultant for Bain and Company. Topics included federal energy incentives and subsidies, natural gas, energy exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, oil and gas prices, efforts to achieve energy independence, climate change, the future of coal, and other issues. Online reports of the debate (you may need a subscription to view some of these reports) include Obama Versus Romney On Energy—In Depth This Time, Forbes.com, 10/8/12; At MIT, Romney and Obama Campaigns Debate Energy Policy, ScienceInsider from Science Magazine, 10/6/12; and Reps for Obama, Romney, debate energy and climate, Nature Newsblog, 10/6/12. Video of the debate and a transcript are available online from E&E TV, at http://www.eenews.net/tv/2012/10/08/, but a subscription is required.
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