In his second inaugural address, President Obama indicated that responding to the “threat of climate change” would be a top priority during his second term. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives, however, is unlikely to pass significant energy or climate-focused legislation, limiting the President’s options.

On February 6, Bloomberg Government hosted a panel discussion looking ahead at the key policy issues and challenges facing the energy industry in 2013.

While a wide range of energy-related issues were discussed, the conversation repeatedly focused on climate change and natural gas.  There was little agreement among the panelists about whether (or how) the U.S. should reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but the recent increase in shale natural gas production was generally viewed as positive by the panel.

Bloomberg Government would like to thank the panelists:

  • Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA)
  • Representative John Shimkus (R-IL)
  • Fmr. Congressman Heath Shuler, Sr. Vice President of Federal Affairs, Duke Energy
  • Carol Browner, Former Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

This session was moderated by Peter Cook, Chief Washington Correspondent for Bloomberg News and the Host of Bloomberg Government’s Capitol Gains.

You can continue to follow the conversation on Twitter at #futureofenergy.

This event was sponsored with generous support from the Nuclear Energy Institute.