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Dan Byers is senior director for policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Energy Institute. Byers is responsible for leading the Institute’s efforts to promote and maintain coal’s vital role in America’s energy system.
Before joining the Chamber, Byers served as staff director of the Energy and Environment Subcommittee for the House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. The subcommittee jurisdiction includes science and technology activities at the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Byers’ work on the subcommittee focused on revitalizing oversight of EPA, including development and execution of strategies to reform and improve the agency’s regulatory science activities.
During the second term of the Bush administration, Byers served from 2005 to 2009 as deputy to the associate director for technology at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. There he oversaw policy development and coordination associated with a broad suite of technology issues. From April 2007 to January 2009, he worked for the White House National Economic Council, leading the development and coordination of telecommunications policy for the Bush administration.
Byers previously worked in a variety of positions in the House of Representatives, most recently as staff director of the House Science Committee Subcommittee on Research from 2003 to 2005. He began his career on Capitol Hill in 2000 in the office of Congressman Nick Smith (R-MI).
Byers holds an M.S. in soil science from North Carolina State University and a B.S. in crop and soil environmental sciences from Virginia Tech. He lives in Fairfax, Virginia, with his wife and two sons.
At a Bismarck, North Dakota, speech in May 2016, then candidate Donald Trump outlined his “America First Energy Plan,” an ambitious, reform-focused agenda that declared U.S. energy dominance a strategic economic and foreign policy goal and promised to lift restrictions on American energy to create a flood of new jobs.
As the Trump administration enters its second year, it makes sense to take stock of progress made on the president’s ambitious agenda. Most people are familiar with the big ticket items, including approval of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines, clearing the way for oil and gas leasing in the Arctic and outercontinental shelf, and steps taken to repeal and rewrite the Environmental Protection Agency’s onerous and unlawful “Clean Power Plan.”
While these high-profile actions illustrate the president’s consistent emphasis on advancing U.S. energy for economic growth, the collective impact from scores of other measures may be an even bigger part of the energy story of the last 12 months. Our comprehensive Energy Trackerprovides a unique and detailed look at these individual actions that are an easily-forgotten part of the bigger picture.
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