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Teryn Norris is a nationally recognized social entrepreneur and policy analyst.  He is a recipient of the Truman Scholarship, the highest award in the United States for young public service leaders, and he graduated from Stanford University in 2011 with a B.A. in Public Policy.

Over the past five years, Teryn has served as one of the country's leading young voices for federal policies to strengthen U.S. energy innovation and economic competitiveness.  In 2009, he founded Americans for Energy Leadership (AEL), a nonprofit organization that advanced federal investments in clean energy research and trained young energy policy leaders.  He served as the organization's President until 2012, when it merged with the Pew Charitable Trusts to launch a new national policy initiative.

Teryn previously served as Senior Advisor and Project Director at the Breakthrough Institute, a public policy think tank, where he co-authored several acclaimed reports on economic competitiveness policy, and founded the Breakthrough Fellowship Program. In 2007, the Obama Campaign adopted a proposal he co-authored to invest $150 billion in clean energy technology, which eventually shaped the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009.  In 2008 he co-authored the National Energy Education Act proposal, leading to the Department of Energy's Re-ENERGYSE initiative.

Teryn has co-founded and advised several other nonprofit projects.  He served on the Johns Hopkins President's Task Force on Climate Change and the Advisory Board to Focus the Nation, and in 2011 he catalyzed a national "Stop The Brain Drain" movement to encourage more young people to pursue careers in entrepreneurship and public service instead of Wall Street.

Teryn has appeared on national television and radio and published in the Harvard Law & Policy Review, National Journal, Issues in Science & Technology, Forbes, San Francisco Chronicle, Huffington Post, Yale E360, The Plain DealerBaltimore Sun and other publications.  He currently lives in Washington, DC.

Blog Entries by Teryn Norris

America Needs a New Vision

Posted August 5, 2011 | 18:23:32 (EST)

In the aftermath of the debt-ceiling crisis, and amidst a looming double-dip economic recession, prospects for the United States look grim. When future historians look back, they may conclude that 2011 was the beginning of a lost decade -- when the U.S. descended into a decade or more of political...

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Presidents Day: Winning Ohio's Energy Future

Posted February 21, 2011 | 10:21:01 (EST)

When President Barack Obama visits Cleveland on Tuesday to talk about entrepreneurship and innovation, he will find a city and state where those forces are driving a revolution in clean, green energy -- and where a greater federal commitment to energy innovation can secure our national competitiveness.
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Obama's Climate Omission: Can We Disagree on Climate and Win on Clean Energy?

Posted February 2, 2011 | 14:24:34 (EST)

This post was originally published at Americans for Energy Leadership.

President Obama's exclusion of "climate change" from the State of the Union, combined with Carol Browner's exit as the administration's top climate adviser, has sparked wide debate across the climate movement. On one...

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How Energy Reform Can Break the Partisan Stalemate

Posted November 16, 2010 | 03:21:23 (EST)

In the aftermath of the midterm elections, it's unlikely that Washington can overcome the crippling gridlock in Congress. Yet one critical opportunity for bipartisan compromise stands out among the rest: energy policy.

Addressing the country the day after elections, President Obama signaled a clear opening by pressing the reset...

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The Rise of China's Green Mercantilism

Posted September 9, 2010 | 13:53:44 (EST)

By Teryn Norris & Daniel Goldfarb

China is rising to dominate the clean energy industry primarily due to direct government subsidies, according to a new investigative report by the New York Times. The rise of China's "green mercantilism" marks a new stage in the global clean energy race...

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Climate Movement at a Crossroads

Posted September 7, 2010 | 23:42:36 (EST)

When future scholars document the history of global warming, one of the watershed years will almost surely be 2010. For more than a decade, the primary goal of U.S. climate policy advocates has been to establish a strong carbon pollution cap and a binding global emissions treaty. Armed with large...

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How America Can Lead the Clean Energy Race

Posted August 3, 2010 | 12:06:55 (EST)

U.S. economic leadership is at a crossroads. Recent outlooks suggest we may experience long-term stagnation and unemployment comparable to Japan's lost decade. Yet while we have suffered an economic crisis produced by our own financial sector - losing millions of jobs, trillions in economic output, and further damaging our...

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A Bipartisan Strategy for Energy Leadership

Posted June 29, 2010 | 02:22:28 (EST)

By Teryn Norris & Clifton Yin

When President Obama and key Senate leaders meet today to reach a compromise on energy and climate legislation, they should strongly consider increasing federal investment in clean energy technology to at least $15 billion annually. This is a comprehensive third-way strategy to improve U.S....

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Obama Signals Need for New Energy Agenda

Posted June 16, 2010 | 05:04:48 (EST)

The biggest news from President Obama's Oval Office address is that cap and trade legislation is probably dead for the foreseeable future, and the administration is seeking new ideas.

Instead of using last night's prime-time opportunity to push cap and trade in the form of the Kerry-Lieberman American...

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The Collapse of Competitiveness Policy?

Posted May 26, 2010 | 11:22:55 (EST)

Last week, the flagship federal legislation for U.S. competitiveness containing broad support for science, technology, and advanced education - called the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 - collapsed in Congress after it was blocked from passage through the House, despite already being significantly weakened.

Enter the age of...

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Over 100 Student Body Presidents Urge Congress to Support Energy Education

Posted April 28, 2010 | 04:59:18 (EST)

A group of more than 100 university and college student government presidents submitted a letter (PDF download) today urging Congress to launch a national program for clean energy science and engineering education. The presidents -- representing more than one million American students -- warned Congress that advanced energy education...

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WATCH: China Building Ambitious "Solar Valley City" to Advance Solar Industry

Posted April 19, 2010 | 00:04:03 (EST)

China is building an ambitious "Solar Valley City" as a new national center for manufacturing, research and development, education, and tourism around solar energy technologies. This represents part of the Chinese government and industry's efforts to promote clean energy technology and grow the nation's global market share (see video below...

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Racing for Clean-Tech Jobs: Why America Needs an Energy Education Strategy

Posted March 18, 2010 | 05:01:32 (EST)

In the aftermath of the Great Recession, the United States faces serious questions about the future of its economy and jobs market. Where will the good jobs of the future come from, how do we prepare the American workforce, and what is our strategy to maintain economic leadership in an...

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To Make Poverty History, Make Clean Energy Cheap

Posted February 23, 2010 | 04:22:36 (EST)

"If you gave me only one wish for the next 50 years," declared the world's wealthiest man during last week's TED 2010 conference, "I can pick who is president, I can pick a vaccine... or I can pick that [an energy technology] at half the cost with no CO2...

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Remaking the Global Climate Framework

Posted February 16, 2010 | 18:12:06 (EST)

Two months ago, hundreds of world leaders and tens of thousands of activists gathered in Copenhagen to craft a new global treaty to replace the Kyoto Protocol in 2012. Green groups put on a spectacle -- yes, Greenpeace even docked two of its famous boats nearby to "help in...

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Educating the Energy Generation

Posted February 10, 2010 | 13:17:08 (EST)

Last week, the Obama administration introduced a proposal that every college student and educator in the country should know about. It represents the nation's first comprehensive federal program for clean energy education, and it is a critical step toward regaining American leadership in one of the most important...

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The Cleantech Revolution: "Largest Market Opportunity in the History of the Planet"?

Posted February 6, 2010 | 19:50:08 (EST)

Guess post by Ishan Nath

A special three-part series in last week's San Jose Mercury News, entitled "The Cleantech Revolution," highlighted the enormous economic opportunity in the clean-tech sector and warned that the U.S. is quickly falling behind while Asia seeks to gain global market dominance.

In its analysis...

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RE-ENERGYSE America: Obama's Proposal for Clean-Energy Education

Posted February 3, 2010 | 11:22:30 (EST)

In a promising development for aspiring clean energy scientists, engineers, and technicians, the Obama administration's 2011 budget request includes a proposal for the nation's first comprehensive federal education initiative focused on the clean energy sector, called RE-ENERGYSE (Regaining our Energy Science and Engineering Edge).

The initiative was originally proposed...

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A Critical Moment for Energy Leadership

Posted February 2, 2010 | 18:35:59 (EST)

One of the most powerful moments during last week's State of the Union came when President Obama warned that while Washington stalls, other nations are moving quickly to dominate the global clean-energy industry.

"China is not waiting to revamp its economy," Obama declared.

"These nations aren't playing for second place......

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Asia Challenges U.S. Innovation Leadership, New Report Shows

Posted January 18, 2010 | 19:12:27 (EST)

A major report released last week by the National Science Board concludes that U.S. global leadership in science and technology is declining as foreign nations - especially China and other Asian countries - rapidly develop their national innovation systems.

"U.S. dominance has eroded significantly... The data begin to tell...

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