The Bipartisan Policy Center held a press conference marking the release of a new report:
Just weeks before the 2012 presidential caucuses and primaries heat up an already polarized political environment, the Bipartisan Policy Center headed back to New Orleans for its third Annual Political Summit, Taking the Poison out of Partisanship, on November 15 and 16.
Launching BPC’s new speaker series “On Leadership” was Exelon Chairman and CEO John W. Rowe, the nation’s longest-serving chief executive in the rapidly changing utility industry. Rowe, who plans to retire in early 2012, looked back on his nearly three decades as a key voice on energy and environmental policy and shared his insights on leading a Fortune 200 company through a time of economic and regulatory uncertainty.
Read a blog post recapping the event here. As development of unconventional gas resources expands in the Marcellus Shale Basin, the Members discussed how the regulatory framework in the states of New York and Pennsylvania has evolved to keep pace with technological advances and what this indicates for similar efforts nationwide.
Congressman Tom Reed (R-NY)
Congressman Mark Critz (D-PA)
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"Three years ago, with Lehman Brothers’ collapse and the precipitous deepening of the financial crisis, the outlook for the global economy was dire. Today, the huge global imbalances that were the backdrop to the financial crisis in 2008 are arguably worse than ever. Countries from America to Japan sag under the weight of enormous debts which, since the crisis, have only grown bigger. In Europe, tension between highly indebted “peripheral” countries and the big European economies that are expected to rescue them threaten the future of the euro itself.
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Fanning the Flames or Democratizing Discourse? Social Media, Campaigns and Civil Debate
As the 2012 campaign heats up, BPC and The Aspen Institute held a conversation about the growing impact of the Internet, social media and viral marketing on the direction of our political debates. At a time when issues are debated in a 140 character bursts and rumors spread in seconds, campaigns are becoming adept to the new challenges presented by social media. How do these rapid changes contribute to our political discourse? How can we harness the positive aspects of social media for more substantive and serious issues-based conversation?
Read a blog post recapping the event here.
Energy subsidies and tax expenditures have become key issues in debates over the federal debt and our nation's energy policy. BPC held two discussions exploring these topics. The first panel examined the likelihood for near-term action on energy subsidies and tax expenditures, including identifying targeted programs and discussing potential Joint Select Committee action. The second panel focused on the need for a broad evaluation of current energy subsidies, evaluating their effectiveness across sectors.
As Congress prepared for another round of budget battles, and as the Super Committee worked to tame our growing deficits and debt, BPC held a Bridge-Builder Breakfast on the relationship between jumpstarting job creation, the need for increased infrastructure investments and the politics of fiscal austerity.