White House Official: Energy Plan Won’t Just Gather Dust

John Holdren, director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, testifies on Capitol Hill May 12, 2010 in Washington, DC. Holdren testified before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on the future of U.S. human space flight.
National Journal
Ben Geman
Jan. 20, 2014, 1:49 a.m.

Pres­id­ent Obama’s top sci­ence ad­viser is con­fid­ent that a big en­ergy policy re­view un­der­way isn’t destined to join the long list of fed­er­al en­ergy plans over the past sev­er­al dec­ades that are ig­nored after com­ple­tion.

“I think there are a couple of char­ac­ter­ist­ics of this one that will be dif­fer­ent and that will make a dif­fer­ence,” John Hold­ren said, re­fer­ring to the first Quad­ren­ni­al En­ergy Re­view slated to be re­leased early in 2015.

Hold­ren, whose Of­fice of Sci­ence and Tech­no­logy Policy is help­ing to lead the ef­fort, told Platts En­ergy Week TV that the breadth of agen­cies in­volved and the level of work with out­side parties will give the study stay­ing power.

“We are think­ing about en­ergy ob­vi­ously as a prob­lem that is im­port­ant to the eco­nomy; it is im­port­ant to the en­vir­on­ment; it is im­port­ant to our na­tion­al se­cur­ity; and all the agen­cies that have stakes in those do­mains are go­ing to par­ti­cip­ate,” Hold­ren said in the in­ter­view broad­cast Sunday.

A little more:

“The oth­er thing that is go­ing to be dif­fer­ent is, we are go­ing to make a large ef­fort to reach out and in­volve stake­hold­ers across the oth­er sec­tors — the private sec­tor, the aca­dem­ic sec­tor, the [non­gov­ern­ment­al or­gan­iz­a­tion] sec­tor,” Hold­ren pledged. “When this thing comes out it is go­ing to be a study, really a set of stud­ies over the next four years that have buy-in from the key play­ers.”

Speak­ing of White House of­fi­cials, ad­viser John Podesta is push­ing back against en­vir­on­ment­al groups that last week pub­licly urged Obama to ditch his “all of the above” en­ergy strategy.

The Wash­ing­ton Post re­ports here on Podesta’s re­sponse to the green groups.

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