Climate Change and Energy Policy: Transatlantic Contrast or Convergence

Washington, DC

March 30, 2007
[Past Event]

Participants Explore Policy Change Debate and its Impact on American, European and World Energy Policy

Blank Rome Government Relations and Interel Public Relations & Public Affairs organized and hosted a high-level roundtable discussion titled “Climate Change and Energy Policy: Transatlantic Contrast or Convergence,” in Blank Rome’s Washington, DC office.

The day-long event provided an overview for the climate change policies from both the perspective of the European Union and the United States.  Panelists also explored the varied approaches to policies that will potentially impact American, European and world energy policy.    

“We were thrilled to bring together this high-level group of current and former EU and US officials, as well as advocacy groups to explore ways policy makers can and should come together to shape the agendas that will ultimately impact the business and environmental communities,” noted Peter Peyser, Senior Principal of Blank Rome Government Relations LLC. “Moving forward, we will communicate our findings in an effort to promote our shared findings and continue this important dialogue.” 

“Identifying actionable opportunities to enable substantive and workable policy around climate change continues to be a high priority,” said Tom Parker, Managing Director, Interel. “This is a global challenge, and we are committed to seeking viable solutions through bringing together a highly-qualified and deeply experienced group to highlight the implications and opportunities resulting from the diverse policy approaches and private sector initiatives to climate change being pursued in the US and Europe.”

Blank Rome and Interel formed a strategic alliance in July of 2006, linking their core competencies to provide a seamless EU-US legal, public affairs, government relations and strategic communications service offering to companies and organizations who are increasingly impacted by decisions taken on both sides of the Atlantic.

Panelists included:

Peter Adler, Ph.D., The Keystone Center
Kathleen A. McGinty, Secretary, Department of Environmental Protection
Hon. Geraldine Ferraro, Blank Rome Government Relations LLC
Robert H. Donkers, Counselor for Environmental Affairs, Delegation of the European Commission to the United States
Chris Boyd, Business Sustainability
Commissioner Jon Wellinghoff, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
John Shelk, Electric Power Supply Association
Branko Terzic, Deloitte LP 
Joe Desmond, NorthernStar Natural Gas
Stephen Harper, Intel Corporation
Nora Brownell, Former Commissioner (2001-2006), Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Daniel A. Lashof, Natural Resources Defense Council
Christine Tezak,  The Stanford Group Company
Tom Parker, Interel
Glen Thomas, Blank Rome Government Relations LLC
Peter Peyser, Blank Rome Government Relations LLC