WASHINGTON, Pa., March 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Washington & Jefferson College Center for Energy Policy and Management (CEPM) announced today that it has invited the four Republican Presidential candidates to the campus for an Energy Policy Forum on Sunday, April 22. The discussion, to be held two days before the Pennsylvania Primary, will be an opportunity for the candidates to expand upon their energy policy positions and share their visions for U.S. energy policy.
"The goal of the CEPM is to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and information about energy use and policy," said Dr. Tori Haring-Smith, President of Washington and Jefferson College. "The College sits within the Marcellus Shale, the hub of the natural gas industry in the East, and in a region historically known for coal production. This location provides us with a unique perspective on issues related to energy and makes the CEPM the ideal spot for a discussion on energy policy."
"We have yet to receive confirmations from the campaigns, but we believe this debate will provide the candidates with an important and timely opportunity to discuss the energy policy of the U.S., which should be a critical piece of any political platform, given its far-reaching implications for the economy and education," said Dr. Haring-Smith.
The forum will begin at 7 p.m. in Rossin Campus Center on South Lincoln Street in Washington, PA, on April 22. Topics will include national and international energy policy, use of renewable energy sources, and the environment.
About the Center for Energy Policy and Management
The Washington & Jefferson College Center for Energy Policy and Management provides opportunities for scientists, industry leaders, advocates, elected officials and citizens to exchange information and shape policy related to the country's full array of energy sources, while endeavoring to minimize impact on the environment and promote economic growth. The Center's W&J Energy Index generates ongoing analyses of the nation's progress towards energy independence and security. Situated atop a wealth of natural resources in Southwestern Pennsylvania, the Center is dedicated to enriching the civil discussion of the country's energy future and security by bringing experts to Washington & Jefferson College and the surrounding region.
SOURCE Washington & Jefferson College Center for Energy Policy and Management