The 2013 Stanford-MIT Game-Changers Workshop was held in Washington, D.C., on March 7. The event was hosted by former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz, chair of the Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy at Stanford's Hoover Institution, and Rafael Reif, president of MIT.
The goal of the workshop was to identify the game-changing energy technologies that will boost America’s long-term economic growth and address serious energy challenges, including climate change and the global energy enterprise.Topics included transportation, reducing oil dependence, decarbonizing energy and the next steps in moving the energy innovation agenda forward.
In his opening remarks, Shultz discussed implementation of a revenue-neutral carbon tax in the U.S. to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Admiral Gary Roughead, USN (Ret.), a visiting fellow at Hoover Institution and former U.S. chief of naval operations, spoke about the importance of a dependable supply of energy on national defense.
Sally Benson, acting director of Stanford's Precourt Institute for Energy, chaired a panel on transportation, vehicles and fuel that included a presentation on batteries by Stanford Professor Yi Cui. In another panel, Burton Richter, director emeritus of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, discussed the role of nuclear power in a clean energy future.
Several Stanford participants also met with members of Congress and the Obama administration on key energy issues.
For more information on the workshop, see:
George Shultz Presses Congress to Act on Climate Change (New York Times, March 8, 2013)
George Shultz Pushes for a Carbon Tax (San Francisco Chronicle, March 8, 2013)
Stanford's George Shultz on Energy: 'It's Personal' (Stanford Report, July 12, 2012, Q&A and video)