The Presidential Energy Debate You Won't See on Primetime

  • Susan Phillips

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Obama and Romney campaign surrogates debate energy.


As wonky as last week’s debate between President Obama and Governor Romney was, the two didn’t delve too deeply into energy issues. And it’s unlikely you’ll be hearing too much about the future of energy from either campaign. But E&E TV broadcast a presidential debate on energy between two surrogates that took place Friday at MIT. Joseph Aldy represented President Obama. Aldy teaches at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and he served as a special assistant to the president, advising him on energy and the environment from 2009 to 2010. Oren Cass spoke for Mitt Romney. Cass serves as the campaign’s domestic policy director and previously worked as a consultant at Bain & Company, where Mitt Romney worked before leaving to start Bain Capital. The two debate LNG exports, green energy investments, “clean coal,” and whether or not the Obama Administration has promoted or hampered shale gas development. To watch the debate, click here.