This week begins the run up to the July 4th holiday, which is next Monday, giving us all a fun, extended weekend. While most people will be celebrating with fireworks and parades, I always use the day to listen to one of my favorite Soundgarden songs 4th Of July, written when singer-songwriter Chris Cornell was on an acid trip. It is the best song on their megahit record Superunknown and a staple at most Soundgarden concerts. In fact, while he didn’t play it at the Hippodrome in Baltimore last Thursday, Cornell played an awesome acoustic show with covers of Prince, U2 and Bob Dylan along with the Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple of the Dog classics.
Not to be outdone by Cornell, Stacey and I went to DC101’s Kerfuffle yesterday, mostly to see the 80s cult band, the Violent Femmes. But I was also impressed with 90s West Coast Punk trailblazer Blink-182, who was really good, with drummer Travis Barker (of MTV reality show fame) absolutely killing it for two hours. I was there because, despite the Alice In Chains (of course without Layne Staley) lead in, I still couldn‘t stomach going to Guns ‘N Roses. #notafan
Good news…or maybe not, depending on your view. There has been some reporting on Saturday’s draft of the Democratic Policy Platform that will not include a carbon tax or a ban on hydraulic fracturing. It does however include some hearty perennials like a $15-an-hour minimum wage, efforts to curb “Wall Street greed” and tax hikes on multi-millionaires. The document calls for at least 50% of electrical generation to come from renewable energy sources within a decade and 100% by 2050, keeping fossil fuels “in the ground” on federal land, an end to eminent domain for fossil fuel companies on federal land, allowing the Justice Department to investigate whether fossil fuel companies deceived the public and investors on the risks associated with climate change and a “climate test” for federal government actions like Keystone. The full Platform Committee meets next month in Orlando, Florida.
While the House has recessed until after July 4th, the Senate remains in this week to working on funding bills and the FAA extension. There is also word out that they may vote to go to conference on the energy bill before they leave. We’ll see. The committees will still be going too with Senate Energy grilling Interior’s Jim Lyons over Sage Grouse Protections (my colleague Eric Washburn Is a great resource 202-412-5211), Senate Environment doing the same to EPA Enforcement chief Cynthia Giles on Wednesday and Homeland Security tackling regulations Thursday with our friends, former OMB official Paul Noe and CEI reg guru Clyde Wayne Crews.
Off the Hill, EIA’s Adam Sieminski rolls out their 2016 Annual Energy Outlook tomorrow at Johns Hopkins in advance of the upcoming annual EIA Energy Conference on July 12th. On Wednesday, IPAA and the Arctic Energy Center will host an offshore Arctic Policy Briefing in the morning at the Liaison featuring Senator Lisa Murkowski, while the U.S.-Africa Chamber of Commerce hosts Marc Breslaw, Executive Director of the NRECA International Foundation in the evening. Finally, on Thursday, the Natural Gas Roundtable is hosting Travis Kavulla, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of NARUC.
While I mentioned the upcoming EIA Energy Conference on July 12, next week also features the Aspen Ideas Forum in Colorado and my colleagues Jason Hutt and Eric Washburn will be attending. Yes, they drew the short straws…tough luck to be in Aspen!
Finally, Congrats to our friends Nicole Daigle and Michael Tadeo. As some of you may know, Nicole heads over from API to fill the opening left by our friend Robert Dillon, who is now headed to Alaska to help with Lisa Murkowski’s campaign. And Tadeo, Dillon’s understudy at Energy heads over to API as a media relations associate. I love the musical chairs when I know everybody!! Call with questions…
“We need a tax on carbon. We need to end fracking.”
Sen Bernie Sanders on CNN Friday when asked about the weekend’s platform Committee work session.
“It’s possible I just did a poor job of explaining them, so happily I’m pretty sure at least some will be reintroduced by more skillful orators at the Orlando meeting, and maybe if that doesn’t work then in Philadelphia.”
Sanders Platform appointee and 350.org activist Bill McKibbon to E&E News on why each of his proposals were rejected, albeit narrowly.
IN THE NEWS
Rural U.S. Economy Remains Sluggish – The June edition of Creighton University’s Rural Mainstreet Index says the economy in rural America remains sluggish amid weak farmland prices and pessimism from bankers. “This is the 10th straight month the overall index has remained below growth neutral. Even though agriculture and energy commodity prices have increased recently, they remain well below last year’s prices and from their peak levels in 2011,” said Ernie Goss, an economics professor at Creighton’s Heider College of Business and author of the survey. The index, based on a survey of bank CEOs in a 10-state region, registered a 43.9 reading on a 100-point scale in June. That was a slight improvement from the May reading of 40.9, as hiring rose above the neutral mark of 50. Still, bankers say they are concerned about the state of the rural economy and continue to tighten credit in response to weakness in the farm economy. Nearly 75% of the respondents said they have increased collateral requirements because of reductions in farm income and agriculture commodity prices during the last three years.
LA Plants Likely to Increase Emissions to Avoid Blackouts – With temperatures rolling to 100-plus degrees in the LA Basin, regional air quality regulators are allowing the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to violate pollution rules this summer by burning diesel fuel at three of its power plants if it is the only way to prevent blackouts. In a 3-1 vote late Wednesday, the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s hearing board granted the public utility a 90-day exemption from emissions limits and other permit requirements at its power plants in Long Beach, Wilmington and Sun Valley. In April, a report from state energy agencies and LADWP warned that Southern California could face rolling blackouts during as many as 14 days this summer if gas supply is curtailed following the leak at the Southern California Gas Co.’s Aliso Canyon facility. While Local officials, environmental groups and efficiency advocates are bickering and deflecting blame over the situation, it Is clear that part of the problem is California’s longer-term approach which has boxed coal generation out of its mix. Sounds like a great plan to implement nationwide!
Bloomberg Analyst: Royalty Rates Bigger Drag on Coal that CPP – Our friends at First Word Energy report that Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Rob Barnett releases a new report set for release today that says President Obama’s efforts to cut carbon emissions will have more success with the moratorium on federal coal leases rather than EPA’s carbon rules,. About 40% of U.S. coal is mined on federal lands, and the Interior Department is reviewing raising the royalty rates on that coal. The current rate is 12.5%; in its report last week the Council of Economic Advisers examined the impact of hiking that to anywhere from 17% to 304%. Barnet writes higher royalty rates for new coal leases on U.S. government land may end up shuttering a significant portion of the nation’s coal production.
Obama Signs TSCA Legislation – President Barack Obama signed chemical safety reform legislation this morning, reforming the longtime legislation that regulates chemicals, the broadly bipartisan Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, H.R. 2576. The President signed the legislation with Lautenberg’s widow, Bonnie, also attending. Under the compromise reform bill, EPA will receive expanded abilities to regulate and a revived mandate to go after a specific dangerous substances, including asbestos and arsenic. In return, states’ authority to more deeply regulate chemicals was limited. The legislation is Congress’ most significant environmental achievement under Obama.
API Polling Shows Strong Support for Energy – Just weeks away from the Democratic and Republican national conventions, new polling confirms that energy is important to American voters. Whether Republican, Democrat or Independent, majorities of voters support increased production of oil and natural gas and, crucially for this year’s candidates, they are more likely to support a candidate who wants to produce more oil and natural gas. As the party platform committees develop their election priorities, key poll findings should be considered:
- 77% support increased production of oil and natural gas (Republican 94%; Independent 73%; Democrat 64%)
- 69% support candidates who want to produce more oil and natural gas (Republican 86%; Independent 69%; Democrat 57%)
- 77% of voters consider it important that the U.S. is doing better than other major economies in Europe and elsewhere in reducing greenhouse gases (Republican 65%; Independent 72%; Democrat 94%)
- 70% support natural gas’ role in reducing U.S. greenhouse gases (Republican 80%; Independent 66%; Democrat 63%)
- 88% consider it important that gasoline & diesel fuels are helping reduce air pollution (Republican 83%; Independent 92%; Democrat 93%)
- 64% oppose higher taxes that could decrease energy production (Republican 79%; Independent 64%; Democrat 50%)
- 77% are concerned about government requirements increasing ethanol in gasoline (Republican 82%; Independent 82%; Democrat 70%)
- 82% support increased energy infrastructure (Republican 88%; Independent 88%; Democrat 74%)
- 73% support a national energy policy that ensures a secure supply of abundant, affordable and available energy for the American people in an environmentally responsible manner (Republican 67%; Independent 76%; Democrat 79%)
Bloomberg Poll Says Most Insiders Expect RFS Reform – According to you, RFS reform is a sure thing. The results of yesterday’s survey are in and it seems that our dear readers overwhelmingly believe that Congress will revamp the Renewable Fuel Standard in 2017. A meager 16% said that RFS reform proposals are dead in the water.
Senators Urge Support For Strong RFS – Not to be out done, on Friday, 39 senators sent a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, urging EPA to ensure the final 2017 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) rule “promote[s] growth in the U.S. biofuel sector and capture economic opportunity rather than drive investment overseas.” The 2017 proposal calls on refiners to blend 14.8 billion gallons of conventional biofuels in 2017, slightly below the 15-billion-gallon level envisioned by Congress when it expanded the RFS in 2007. RFA pushed the letter.
SoCo Company to Increase Renewables –Georgia Power will add 1,200 megawatts of renewable energy to its electrical generation portfolio during the next five years, enough to power nearly 200,000 homes, under an agreement with the state Public Service Commission (PSC). Georgia Power agreed to add 1,050 megawatts of utility-scale renewable power through two requests for proposals the Atlanta-based utility intends to issue next year and in 2019. The first 525 megawatts would go into service in 2018 and 2019, while the other 525 would go on line in 2020 and 2021. Georgia Power is also building the Plant Vogtle Nuclear expansion.
ON THE SCHEDULE THIS WEEK
Xcel Exec to Keynote TransForum West in Denver – PennWell’s TransmissionHub will host its 5th annual TransForum West event tomorrow and Wednesday in Denver. Kicking off the event will be Alice Jackson, vice president – Regulatory Rates, Xcel Energy, who will deliver the keynote address on Tuesday. There will also be several panels, including one on regional planning dynamics in the West that will include such speakers as PacifiCorp’s Carolyn Barbash, Don Fuller of the California ISO and Johannes Pfeifenberger of the Brattle Group.
Forum to Look at European Energy Infrastructure – Tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) will hold a seminar for American investors, consultants and suppliers of goods and services on energy and infrastructure opportunities in Europe through the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). The EBRD is an international, AAA-rated financial institution, which promotes transition to market economies. It operates in 36 countries, from central Europe to central Asia, the Western Balkans, and the southern and eastern Mediterranean. In the energy sector, EBRD has financed $3.7 billion of investments across 60 projects since the beginning of 2014, leveraging a further $10 billion from private investors and co-financiers. EBRD considers financing for a wide range of energy sector investments including: renewables (wind, solar PV, biomass and geothermal plants}; thermal power generation; electricity transmission, distribution and demand side management; oil and gas production, refining and distribution; and mining activities.
EIA to Release 2016 Energy Outlook – EIA will release its Annual Energy Outlook 2016 tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. in the Kenney-Herter Auditorium at Johns Hopkins University in DC. EIA’s Adam Sieminski will present “Annual Energy Outlook 2016” (AEO2016) with projections of U.S. energy supply, demand, and prices to 2040. The discussion will consider AEO2016 cases that address the Clean Power Plan; proposed fuel economy standards for trucks; alternative resource and technology assumptions; and other key energy topics.
Forum to Look at Role of Nuclear – The Global America Business Institute (GABI) is hosting a roundtable tomorrow at 12:00 p.m. on market failures with respect to nuclear power in the United States. Although nuclear power generates about 20% of U.S. electricity and almost two-thirds of the country’s carbon-free electricity, much of the domestic fleet is under threat of premature closure because current policies and market structures do not adequately value the myriad benefits of nuclear in producing clean, reliable, and affordable energy. Deregulated electricity markets have failed to reward nuclear power for its significant advantages, and injudicious state and federal policies have further distorted the market against nuclear. As a result, nuclear power plants have struggled to remain economically viable and competitive with other energy sources, leading plant owners to prematurely and permanently shut down operable reactors. Ed Kee of Nuclear Economic Consulting will speak.
Forum to Look at Grid Storage – The American Chemical Society (ACS) holds a discussion tomorrow at Noon in 2168 Rayburn to look at the prospects and policy of energy storage and the grid. Speakers include Kyle Bradbury of Duke University’s Energy Data Analytics Lab, Argonne Labs Vladimir Koritarov and GE’s Pratima Rangarajan.
CSIS to Host IEA Gas Outlook – Tomorrow at 1:30 p.m., the CSIS Energy and National Security Program will host Costanza Jacazio, Senior Gas Expert in the Gas, Coal & Power Markets Division at the International Energy Agency (IEA), to present the IEA’s Medium-Term Gas Market Report 2016. The annual report, which gives a detailed analysis and five-year projections of natural gas demand, supply and trade developments, examines the interaction of oversupply, low prices and upstream capital expenditure cuts. The impact on global gas markets of changing trade patterns and price mechanisms are also given special consideration. The Medium-Term Gas Market Report is part of a series of annual reports the IEA devotes to each of the main primary energy sources: oil, gas, coal, renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Carnegie Forum to Look at Energy Future – Also tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 p.m., the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace will hold a half-day event to discuss the changing energy landscape and its implications, with a keynote address by U.S. State Department Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs Amos Hochstein, and the presentation of the “Oil Market Futures” report by Cambridge Econometrics and partners. Other speakers will include former deputy secretary of state William Burns and a number of other experts.
Senate Energy to Grill Interior Official On Sage Grouse – The Senate Energy Committee will hold a hearing tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. to grill Interior deputy assistant secretary Jim Lyons and Forest Service wildlife director Robert Harper on the implementation of federal greater sage grouse conservation plans and their impact on Western states. The hearing will focus on the status of BLM and Forest Service efforts to implement the federal grouse plans, finalized last September. Other witnesses include director of Utah’s Public Lands Policy Coordinating Office Kathleen Clarke, Catherine Macdonald, of Oregon’s branch of the Nature Conservancy; Brenda Richard of the Public Lands Council and NMA’s Katie Sweeney.
Groups to Screen Anti-Coal Film – Tuesday evening, the Heinrich Boell Foundation North America, the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI), and the Goethe-Institut Washington will host a free film screening at the Landmark E St Cinemas of “After Coal,” followed by a panel discussion on revitalizing coal communities. The United States’ use of coal continues to fall and reached its lowest point on record in 2015. All across the country, traditional coal communities find themselves struggling to adapt to this rapid energy transition–a phenomenon not confined to the United States. This panel will discuss ways in which coal communities can participate in, shape and benefit from the transition away from fossil fuels.
Murkowski, Merkley, Others to Discuss Arctic Offshore Issues at IPAA Event – IPAA and the Arctic Energy Center will host an offshore Arctic Policy Briefing on Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. at the Liaison featuring Senator Lisa Murkowski. Later this summer, the Administration will announce its proposed Final Five-Year Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing, which will formally specify which areas of the OCS will be open to offshore development. The event will discuss the effects of Arctic offshore energy development and will include perspectives from Senator Lisa Murkowski and General Joseph Ralston (former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and Supreme Allied Commander NATO and an Alaskan resident), as well as a number of other Alaskans. Senator Jeff Merkley and members of the environmental community will also participate.
NYU Law Forum to Look at Coal, Market Value – On Wednesday at 9:00 a.m., the New York University School of Law Institute for Policy Integrity holds a Federal coal workshop looking at fair market value and an alternatives analysis. With Interior’s review and the upcoming Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS), this public workshop will gather legal, policy, and economic experts to analyze key issues for this review. Former Interior Dep Secretary David Hayes will speak but don’t expect the overall evaluation of many others to find many benefits of coal.
Senate Enviro to Look at Enforcement – The Senate Environment Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management, and Regulatory Oversight, will hold a hearing Wednesday to conduct oversight of EPA’s enforcement and compliance programs. EPA’s Cynthia Giles will testify.
Patent Head to Talk Innovation, Climate – On Wednesday at 1:00 p.m., the Carnegie Institute of Science will host a forum on innovation and climate change. Innovation is an essential component to meet the challenges of climate change. Better ways to produce, store, conserve, and transmit energy will help the U.S. and other nations meet the ambitious goals set at the United Nations climate change conference held in Paris in December 2015. Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Michelle K. Lee, and a panel of technology, energy, and climate experts for a discussion on how present and future innovation can change the course of our planet’s future.
NERCA International Head to Discuss Power, Energy in Africa – The U.S.-Africa Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly networking series on Wednesday featuring Marc Breslaw, Executive Director of the NRECA International Foundation since 2014. Breslaw leads NRECA’s effort to expand and strengthen existing programs that design and implement successful rural electrification programs in the international arena. The NRECA International Foundation is the philanthropic arm of NRECA International, and helps bring electricity to the people in rural areas of Africa, Asia and Latin America. U.S.-based electric co-ops participate in the Foundation’s mission by sending employees who volunteer their skills, donating used vehicles and equipment and providing funds.
Forum to Look at 2025 Fuel Economy Standards – Bloomberg Government, in partnership with The Aluminum Association’s Aluminum Transportation Group, will host a breakfast conversation on Thursday examining the forces behind the 2025 fuel economy targets.
Senate Homeland Security Committee Looks at Regs – The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management, will hold a hearing on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. examining the use of agency regulatory guidance. Topics for the hearing will include discussion of agency use of regulatory guidance across government, current and former administration efforts to ensure that this guidance is issued appropriately, and the success of those efforts. The hearing will also explore potential legislative solutions and safeguards. Witnesses include former OMB official Paul Noe, CEI’s Clyde Wayne Crews and Amit Narang, of Public Citizen.
NARUC Commissioner Head to Address NatGas Roundtable – The Natural Gas Roundtable is hosting Travis Kavulla, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), as its guest speaker at the Jun luncheon at the University Club on Thursday. Kavulla represents the Montana Public Service Commission’s geographically largest district.
Platts Webinar Set to Discuss State, Federal Issues – On Thursday at 2:00 p.m., Power Markets Today will host a webinar on the line between federal and state jurisdiction on electricity. Speakers will include Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection Deputy Commissioner for Energy Katie Scharf Dykes, Sustainable FERC Project Senior Attorney John Moore, Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel Director of Analytical Services Dan Shields and Electric Power Supply Association President and CEO John Shelk. State and federal jurisdictions often lead to some friction and the case of the economic regulation of electricity is no different, especially in the restructured markets. States that turned to the markets to run their generation now split significant authority with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The states can approve or deny where generation gets built and its environmental requirements but when they have tried to back it economically, they have run into FERC action and sometimes federal lawsuits.
July 4th Holiday
House Resources to Look at Offshore Leasing Innovations – The House Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources will hold a hearing on Wednesday July 6th to look at Rep Garrett Graves “Innovation in Offshore Leasing Act.” The legislation amends the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct offshore oil and gas lease sales through Internet-based live lease sales.
Tesoro, Kinder CEOs Headline EIA Conference – The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) will hold its 2016 Energy Conference on July 11th and 12th in Washington, DC. This two-day event provides the opportunity to meet and network with energy analysts, decision makers, and EIA staff. Conference session topics that may be relevant to EIA stakeholders interested in information about greenhouse gasses include: 1) Clean Power Plan: EIA, EPA, and state and regional perspectives and 2) Climate—next steps: Perspectives from the United States, Europe, and China. Keynoters are Tesoro’s Greg Goff, Kinder Morgan’s Steve Kean and Dan Gardiner, Advisor to the Canadian PM. View the full list of speakers and sessions and register today. Among the Panel speakers include our friends Andrew Gohn of AWEA, NREL’s Bryan Hannegan and EPA’s Joe Goffman.
WCEE, Bracewell to Host NY PSC Chair – The Women’s Council on Energy and Environment and Bracewell are hosting a reception for NY State Public Service Commission Chairwoman Audrey Zibelman on Monday, July 11th at 5:30 p.m. Zibelman leads the regulatory process redesigning the state’s electricity market, called Reforming the Energy Vision (REV). Facing a $30B cost to maintain NY’s electricity grid over the next 10 years, and keenly aware of the vulnerability of the grid after Superstorm Sandy crippled Long Island and southern portions of the state, NY sought alternatives to reduce the need for new infrastructure, maximize the utilization of existing assets and encourage clean energy, and created NY REV.
EESI Holds Congressional Renewables Forum – The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) holds its 19th annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Expo and Policy Forum on July 12th in the Cannon building. The forum will bring together up to 50 businesses, trade associations, and government agencies to showcase renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. In every state across the country, these technologies are having a significant impact in business development and job creation in the manufacturing, transmission, power, transportation, and building sectors. The bipartisan House Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Caucus and the Senate Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Caucus are honorary co-hosts of the Expo.
Shelk Headline Capacity Markets – The CSIS Energy and National Security Program will hold a forum on Thursday, July 14th at 10:00 a.m. looking at the future of capacity markets. The event will feature EPSA CEO John Shelk, the Regulatory Assistance Project’s Michael Hogan and our friend Christi Tezak of ClearView Energy Partners. Ensuring that there is adequate electric power generation to meet established reliability standards is an imperative task for regulators. In organized wholesale markets, however, how exactly to ensure medium- to long-term resource adequacy continues to be the subject of debate and experimentation. Different jurisdictions have adopted different responses, with several markets mandating the procurement of capacity through organized capacity markets. Although the existence and operation of the capacity markets varies across jurisdictions, persistent concerns remain about the functioning and adequacy of capacity markets to ensure long-term reliability—especially in light of a rapidly changing grid with higher penetration of variable renewables and distributed energy resources. This session is part of the Electricity in Transition series from the Energy and National Security Program and will cover the basic theory behind capacity markets, discuss the pathways different jurisdictions have pursued, as well as the challenges perceived by states and market participants.
Republican Convention – Cleveland will host the Republican Convention at the Quicken Loans Arena July 18-21st. The Republican National Committee (RNC), the convention will host approximately 2,470 delegates and 2,302 alternate delegates from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and five territories.
WaPo to Host Faison Energy Conversation – The Washington Post will host an Energy Conversation with Clearpath Founder Jay Faison on Tuesday July 19th at the their GOP convention HQ in Cleveland. Fiason will also be on a POLITICO panel the next day.
Pioneer CEO to Discuss Industry at CSIS – The CSIS Energy and National Security Program is hosting Scott Sheffield, Chairman and CEO of Pioneer Natural Resources, on Tuesday July 19th at 1:30 p.m. to discuss developments in the U.S. onshore oil and gas industry. Mr. Sheffield has held the position of CEO for Pioneer Natural Resources since August 1997 and assumed the position of chairman of the board in August 1999. In this position Sheffield heads one of the leading producers of unconventional oil and gas in the United States. Sheffield will share his views on recent market developments and regulatory changes in the oil and gas landscape, as well as Pioneer’s strategy for addressing the challenges and opportunities facing the industry today and in the future.
Democratic Convention – A week later, the Democrats will head to Philadelphia for the 2016 Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center on July 25th – 28th.
DEM Convention Forum Set – The New Policy Institute and NDN will host a major event at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, on Tuesday, July 26th looking ahead at the future of America and American Politics. This event will feature a dozen inspiring thought leaders who will offer their different perspectives on what is coming down the road for the US and our politics. The event will take place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 204C, 200 Level Concourse, and run from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm. If you would like to attend, please RSVP on our Eventbrite page today. The event is free and open to the public.