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Aug 26, 2013 By Nik Nanos
A new report from Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar Nik Nanos, Entering the Energy & Environment Policy Frontier, explores the changing energy landscape in the United States and Canada and identifies energy policy risks and opportunities.
As part of a scholar-in-residence program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC, between January and May 2013, Nik Nanos conducted energy policy research.
Using original public opinion research, in-depth interviews with experts and advocacy groups, and analysis of secondary data, Nanos suggests that the government should not pick energy winners and losers, but encourage competition among energy sources.
Furthermore, Nanos finds that decentralized sub-national environmental policy making, gridlock in Congress, and potential uncertainty in recoverable energy resources should result in greater caution in favoring one policy over another.
Promoting investment in a variety of technologies to recover and produce energy in an environmentally responsible manner will likely best minimize the long term energy and environmental policy risks.
Canada and the US need to have a frank discussion on carbon policy and the environment, according to Nik Nanos.
Nanos Energy Report August 2013