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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.
Last summer, President Obama unveiled his Climate Action Plan, an aggressive, regulatory-focused agenda to control greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from industry. Both houses of Congress will take up aspects of the plan as they return to work this week: the House in an Energy and Commerce Committee markup of legislation addressing power plant regulations, and the Senate in a Thursday