Former White House fellow to share “How America Can Build a Low-Cost, Low-Carbon Energy System” at Clarkson March 4
Sunday, March 3, 2013 - 4:51 pm

POTSDAM -- David Hart, a George Mason University professor and former White House Fellow, will share his strategy for solving America’s rapidly growing energy demands as part of a Clarkson University speakers series.

Hart’s talk, “How America Can Build a Low-Cost, Low-Carbon Energy System,” will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, March 4 in Science Center 360, #13 on the map at available at .

Hart will focus on “energy innovation” -- how the public sector can best work with the private sector to ensure America’s long-term energy needs are met in a sustainable way.

Hart will share how energy innovation can address the interrelated issues of escalating demand, climate change and worldwide insecurities over supply, according to Stephen Bird, an assistant professor of political science at Clarkson.

Hart is a professor in George Mason’s School of Public Policy and served as a White House Fellow in technology and innovation policy from 2011 to 2012. President Barack Obama cited some of the manufacturing innovation proposals Hart collaborated on in his 2013 State of the Union Address.

Hart’s lecture will center around ideas he presented in the book he co-authored in 2011, “Unlocking Energy Innovation: How America Can Build a Low-Cost, Low-Carbon Energy System.” Many of his ideas can be applied to the issues upstate New York faces, such as energy efficiency, developing biomass industries and hydrofracking, Bird said.

Hart’s talk is the inaugural lecture in Clarkson’s Power and Energy Forum that will take place each semester.

A reception will follow in the TAC Atrium. The event is co-sponsored by the Provost’s Office, the School of Arts and Science’s David A. Walsh Seminar Series, the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Institute for a Sustainable Environment.