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Efforts to regulate the natural gas economy began with Emerson McMillin’s call for public-utility regulation of (manufactured) gas distribution before the American Gas Light Association in 1890. It continues today with T. Boone Pickens’s call for passage of the New Alternative Transportation to Give Americans Solutions (NAT GAS) Act of 2011. What has transpired in the 120 years between these two calls for legislative action concerns all phases of the natural gas industry, from the wellhead to the burner tip.

How much of these developments has been driven by industry and how much by outside interests (the “bootleggers and Baptists” question). And what have been the consequences? The new book “Edison to Enron” describes the development and politics of America’s electricity and gas industries from a free-market perspective. Please join AEI and the Institute for Energy Research for a lively discussion of America’s history of gas regulation and thoughts about our natural gas future.

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3:45 PM

4:00 PM

4:10 PM
ROBERT BRADLEY, Institute for Energy Research

4:40 PM
KEN MALLOY, CRISIS & Energy Markets


5:00 PM
Question and Answer

5:20 PM
Concluding Remarks:

5:30 PM
Adjournment and Reception

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Robert L. Bradley Jr. is the founder and chief executive officer of the Institute for Energy Research, a nonprofit educational foundation with offices in Houston, Texas, and Washington, D.C. He is an adjunct scholar of the Cato Institute and of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a visiting fellow of the Institute of Economic Affairs in London, and an honorary senior research fellow at the Center for Energy Economics at the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Bradley received the Julian L. Simon Memorial Award in 2002 for his work on free market approaches to energy sustainability. “Edison to Enron” is his seventh book and the second installment of his trilogy on political capitalism inspired by the rise and fall of Enron.

Kenneth P. Green is a resident scholar at AEI, where he studies energy and environmental policy. For more than 16 years, he has studied public policy involving risk, regulation and the environment at public policy research institutions across North America. He has twice served as an expert reviewer for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and is a frequent contributor to AEI’s Energy and Environment Outlook series.

Steven F. Hayward is the F. K. Weyerhaeuser Fellow in environmental studies at AEI and a senior fellow at the Pacific Research Institute. He is also an adjunct fellow at the John Ashbrook Center and a former Bradley Fellow at the Heritage Foundation. He is the coauthor of the annual “Index of Leading Environmental Indicators,” a frequent contributor to AEI’s Energy and Environment Outlook series, and the author of the upcoming book “The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Presidents.”

Ken Malloy is the founder and executive director of the Energy Markets Project, the founder and executive director of CRISIS & Energy Markets!, a U.S. pro–free market think tank; a senior fellow with the Ocean State Policy Research Institute; an adjunct professor at Randolph-Macon College in law and economics of energy and environment; and the executive director of Randolph-Macon’s Capitalism Matters! Program.

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