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Friday October 26, 2012 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM AKDT

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Friday, November 16, 2012


Farideh Farhi is an independent scholar and affiliate graduate faculty at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. Her publications include numerous articles and book chapters analyzing    revolutions and Iranian politics.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Mikkal Herberg is a senior lecturer on international and Asian energy at the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, University of California, San Diego.He writes and speaks extensively on Asian and global energy issues to the energy industry, governments, research institutions, and the media in the U.S., Asia, and Europe.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Christopher A. Preble is the vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute and an expert on military spending.




U.S. Energy and Tax Policies: Implications for Alaska's Economy


Margo Thorning is senior vice president and chief economist with the American Council for Capital Formation and director of research for its public policy think tank. Dr. Thorning also serves as the managing director of the International Council for Capital Formation (www.iccfglobal.org). The ICCF is a Brussels- based affiliate of the ACCF.

In North America, Dr. Thorning has frequently testified as an expert witness on capital formation, tax, energy
and environmental policies before multiple U.S. congressional committees, including the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, the Senate Finance Committee, the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Thorning has also traveled coast to coast to present findings to state and local lawmakers, business organizations and the media on the economic impact of climate change policies on local job and economic growth.

The U.N. Commission on Sustainable Development invited her to deliver a presentation “Investing in Energy and Industrial Development: Challenges and Opportunities.” Thorning also served on DOE's Electricity Advisory Board's Subcommittee on Standards of Conduct and Corporate Practices and has testified before
the Senate of Canada on that country's proposals for tax reform.

Dr. Thorning is an internationally recognized expert on tax, environmental, and competitiveness issues. She writes and lectures on tax and economic policy, is frequently quoted and has op-eds published in publications such as the Financial Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and E&E Daily and has appeared internationally on public affairs news programs. Dr. Thorning has made presentations on the economic impact of climate change policy at in China, India, other Asian countries, the European Union, and Russia.

Dr. Thorning is co-editor of numerous books on tax and environmental policy, including “Climate Change Policy and Economic Growth: A Way Forward to Ensure Both” and “The U.S. Savings Challenge: Policy Options for Productivity and Growth.” (See www.accf.org and www.iccfglobal.org for complete list of publications.)

Previously, Dr. Thorning served at the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the Federal Trade Commission.

Dr. Thorning received a B.A. from Texas Christian University, an M.A. in economics from the University of Texas, and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Georgia.

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