Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford University, and the Hoover Institution have been working for the past two years on identifying game-changing energy technologies to boost America’s long-term economic growth and address serious energy challenges, including climate change and today’s global energy enterprises. They gathered in Washington, DC, on Thursday, March 7, 2013, for the Game-Changers Workshop.

MIT president Rafeal Reif gave the opening remarks at the workshop, which was held at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies. George P. Shultz, the Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution and chair of the Hoover Institution’s Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy, set the stage for the discussion that followed and outlined the overall objectives for the workshop.

Watch a webcast of the event below

Topics discussed included transportation, reducing oil dependence, electricity and decarbonizing energy, the supply chains of the twenty-first century, and the next steps in moving the energy innovation agenda forward. Ernest J. Moniz, the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems, director of the Energy Initiative, and director of the Laboratory for Energy and the Environment at MIT, assisted in organizing the meeting. Moniz was nominated by President Obama as secretary of the Department of Energy on March 4, 2013. Click here for more information.

In addition to Shultz, Admiral Gary Roughead, USN (Ret.), an Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Hoover Institution and former US chief of naval operations, spoke about the importance of a dependable supply of energy on national defense, and Burt Richter, director emeritus of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, spoke about the interaction of electricity, nuclear energy, and the environment. Roughead and Richter are both members of Hoover’s Task Force on Energy Policy.

Click here to view the workshop’s full agenda.

Click here to read the New York Times' Caucus blog concerning how George Shultz is pressing Congress to act on climate change.

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