A group of former senators and senior administration officials on Tuesday called for the creation of a cross-agency energy council with periodic reviews to help presidents strengthen and implement national energy policies.
Former Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.), former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator William Reilly and former Obama National Security Adviser retired Gen. James L. Jones all serve as chairmen for the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Strategic Policy Initiative, which prepared the report.
Dorgan and Lott — both of whom lobby for energy corporations — along with the others said they drew from their experiences in presidential administrations and Congress to draft the recommendations. The group's full report on improving energy policy coordination and implementation will be published in January.