Nov. 28, 2012
The White House and Congress should create a National Energy Strategy Council to produce new policy and coordinate the activities of federal agencies, according to a broad coalition of former senators and federal, industry, environmental and labor officials that is unveiling a blueprint Tuesday morning.
The purpose would be to develop energy policy in a process similar to the one the U.S. uses for national security policy, the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Energy Policy Initiative is recommending.
The new council would be responsible for producing an energy policy strategy early in presidential administrations and leading cross-agency coordination of all major energy decisions, including short-term crises and interagency disputes.
“Unfortunately, the executive branch of the federal government is currently not well equipped to develop and effectively implement a national energy policy that meets the criteria outlined above,” according to a report setting forth the recommendations.
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