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David Monsma
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David Monsma is executive director of the Aspen Institute's Energy and Environment Program. The Institute's energy and environment program work includes three annual energy policy forums: The Aspen Institute Energy Policy Forum, the Global Forum on Energy, Economy and Security, and the Clean Energy Forum. The program also convenes, and David moderates, policy-testing dialogues including Aspen’s Food Security Strategy Group; the India-US Track II Dialogue on Energy and Climate Change; the Aspen Ocean Community Dialogue; and the Texas Natural Gas Regulatory Modernization Dialogue, as well as various other dialogues, seminars and the Catto Fellowship. An attorney by training, David has over 20 years of experience in environmental law and policy. He taught law and ethics at Loyola University in Maryland and served as director of business and environment at Business for Social Responsibility in San Francisco where he led BSR’s Clean Cargo initiative and the Green Power Market Development Group with WRI. During the Clinton Administration, David was the environmental management task force coordinator for the President's Council on Sustainable Development (PCSD) and, prior to this, led a toxics use reduction and citizen’s suit enforcement campaign in Maryland for the Environmental Action Foundation. David began his legal career as a program attorney in the Office of Toxics Substances at the Environmental Protection Agency headquarters in Washington, DC.

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The Future of Ocean Conservation: New Aspen Report from the Ocean Community Strategy Roundtable

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 10:42 PM

This is a pivotal moment in the global movement to protect the oceans from an ongoing trend of over-exploitation that threatens marine ecosystems worldwide. The ocean conservation community has now developed a more effective way to "save the seas," by approaching political leaders, fishermen and local communities with economics-based proposals...

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Climate Policy: It's the Economy

(10) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 10:59 AM

President Obama has taken more action on climate change than any president before him. It could not be put more clearly: "Climate change is a fact." Regardless, the great national anxiety and confusion -- about where we get our energy, how it is produced and its impact on the environment...

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Another Agenda of the Government Shutdown

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 5:20 PM

In their second term, presidents consider their legacy. Will history judge them as average, good, or great? Congress, possibly because of its size, rarely asks itself this question. If the 112th Congress will be remembered for being infamously the least effective Congress in over 60 years, particularly after the last...

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Global Leadership for Global Food Security

(2) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 12:48 PM

Tom Friedman is no stranger to the connection between political stability and the price of food. Having just returned from probing that relationship in depth in the Middle East, his insights were on full display at this summer's Aspen Ideas Festival.

In a discussion titled, "Without Water, Revolution," Friedman drew...

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