Introduction to the Energy & Environment Working Group
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Introduction to the Energy & Environment Working Group

Hi, my name is Jeff Holmstead and I’m the
Chairman of the Regulatory Transparency Project’s Energy & Environmental working group. I’m a partner with the law firm of Bracewell,
but for five years I also served as the Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection
Agency in charge of air pollution issues. So, I’ve worked in both the public sector
and the private sector. One of the things that I think we firmly believe
in is that there is a clear connection between energy and the environment. We recognize that the United States has been
blessed with a great abundance of natural resources and we believe that there are ways
to use them to be good stewards of the environment, while, at the same time, taking advantage
of the energy resources that we have. Talking about environmental regulation may
not seem very exciting, but it is important. Over the last 50 years, we’ve learned a lot
about regulation: what works well and what doesn’t. And, if we can take advantage of those lessons
to regulate in smarter ways, we can make faster progress when it comes to improving air quality
and water quality, and we can do so in a way that is less burdensome for American companies,
for American consumers, and for American workers. If you want to learn more about the Regulatory
Transparency Project, please follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn, or go to our
website at, where you’ll find videos and papers and other things that will
help you to track the progress of our efforts.

One Comment

  • Jim Woods

    This working group should be talking to Alex Epstein of the Center for Industrial Progress. He is the author of The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels and brings a great perspective about the benefits to human flourishing of energy-dense sources like fossil fuels.

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