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June Discussion
New Discussion
By General Wesley K. Clark
 Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander and Founder, Renew America Together
" The security, economy, and general welfare of the United States are critically dependent on electricity .... The grid is vulnerable to numerous and ever-changing threats... including physical sabotage, cyber sabotage, and destruction by electromagnetic pulse (EMP)... Important steps have been taken to improve grid security... [but] th ere are still major challenges.... We should ensure that investments in grid security are among our top priorities if we are to secure and protect our critical infrastructure." Read more.
Please respond to a comment or one of the discussion questions below:
- Question 1 : Are we currently investing enough in grid security efforts? How does the need for increased security compare to other policy priorities?  
- Question 2 : Who should be primarily responsible for efforts to increase grid security? - governments, in protecting the public interest, or energy companies that have a responsibility to protect customers and assets?
- Question 3 : Securing our electricity infrastructure (a public service) can require tighter controls on information. How do we retain public accountability while preserving essential elements of grid security?
OEP Webinar Recording
Watch the recording for last week's webinar with Mike Sommers , President and COE of the American Petroleum Institute, in conversation with Melanie Kenderdine , Principal at the Energy Futures Initiative.
Event Highlight
The U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit is free and virtual this year. Tune in for 4 days of timely webinars and peer exchanges on energy and water efficiency. Register .
Ongoing Discussion
By Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
 Chairman, U.S. Senate Committee on Energy
and Natural Resources
This discussion is still open for comment! We'll be following up with Senator Murkowski's office to share your feedback. Here are some things OEP experts are saying:
How Can We Develop Domestic Mineral Supplies?
"One of the easiest and most effective measures would be to change the tax codes in ways that would facilitate/remove the disincentives for stockpiling . Stockpiling is easy, has low environmental impact, and adds resilience to the economy by reducing exposure to supply disruptions." - Roger Arnold , Silverthorn Engineering
Dependence on China for Strategic Minerals
" The delicate problem is how to deal with the strategic aspects of this issue without having it devolve into a counterproductive free-for-all of protectionism , as with, for example, the absurd claim that importing steel from Canada is a threat to national security. We need somehow to thread the needle. Soviet-style autarky is not a path to economic strength." - Ed Dolan , Niskanen Center
New Publications in the OurEnergyLibrary
Environment America Research & Policy Center; Frontier Group
May 27, 2020
Sierra Club
May 26, 2020
Energy & Industrial Advisory Partners; National Ocean Industries Association
May 26, 2020
Find these new publications and others in the OurEnergyLibrary.
Update from Congress

New Legislation
Featured Energy Events
  • When: Thurs, June 4, 1:15-3:15 p.m. Eastern Time

OEP Webinar - Policy and the Future of Transportation Fuels (Details Forthcoming)
  • When: Wed, June 10, 12-1 p.m. Eastern Time

  • When: Mon-Thurs, June 8-11
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