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2011 PIELC Keynote: Congressman Earl Blumenauer & Dr. Arjun Mahkijani


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About the Speakers

Earl Blumenauer is the Congressman for Oregon’s third district. Congressman Blumenauer has been a lifelong resident of Portland. He received both his undergraduate and law degree from Lewis and Clark. Congressman Blumenauer was elected to the Oregon Legislature in 1972 and then served on the Multnomah County Commission before serving on the Portland City Council, where he served for ten years as the Commisioner of Public Works, focusing on innovative transportation, planning, environmental programs, and public participation. Congressman Blumenauer was elected to Congress in 1996.  In Congress, he has been a chief spokesperson for Livable Communities. He has also authored and co-sponsored legislation to preserve and protect public lands, shift the nation’s energy policy towards renewable energy and energy efficiency, curb global warming, clean our nation’s water bodies, and many others. Recently Congressman Blumenauer promoted the addition of a bike lane to Pennsylvania Avenue. In the 111th Congress, Congressman Blumenauer served as the Vice Chair of the Select Committe on Energy Independence and Global Warming; this Committe was abolished by the of the 112th Congress. Congressman Blumenauer continues to serve as a member of the Ways and Means Committee and the Budget Committee.

Arjun Makhijani is President of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research in Takoma Park, Maryland. He earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley in 1972, specializing in nuclear fusion.

A recognized authority on energy issues, Dr. Makhijani is the author and co-author of numerous reports and books on energy and environment related issues. He was the principal author of the first study of the energy efficiency potential of the US economy published in 1971. He is the author of Carbon-Free and Nuclear-Free: A Roadmap for U.S. Energy Policy (2007).

In 1989 he received The John Bartlow Martin Award for Public Interest Magazine Journalism of the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, with Robert Alvarez; was awarded the Josephine Butler Nuclear Free Future Award in 2001 and the Jane Bagley Lehman Award of the Tides Foundation in 2008; and was named a Ploughshares Hero, by the Ploughshares Fund (2006). In 2007, he was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He has many published articles in journals such as The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and The Progressive, as well as in newspapers, including the Washington Post.

Dr. Makhijani has testified before Congress, and has appeared on ABC World News Tonight, the CBS Evening News, CBS 60 Minutes, NPR, CNN, and BBC, among others. He has served as a consultant on energy issues to utilities, including the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Edison Electric Institute, the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, and several agencies of the United Nations. He and his colleagues are currently in the midst of finishing studies on zero CO2 electricity systems for Utah and Minnesota.

About PIELC:

The Public Interest Environmental Law Conference is the premier annual gathering for environmentalists worldwide, and is distinguished as the oldest and largest of its kind. The Conference historically unites more than 3,000 activists, attorneys, students, scientists, and concerned citizens from over 50 countries around the globe to share their experience and expertise. The Conference is organized solely by the volunteers of Land Air Water (LAW), a student environmental law society, and is sponsored by Friends of Land Air Water (FLAW), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

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