The Politics of the Energy Transition

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David Spence

Professor of Energy Law, University of Texas


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David Spence is the Rex G. Baker Chair in Natural Resources Law at the University of Texas School of Law, and Professor of Business, Government & Society at UT-Austin’s McCombs School of Business. Professor Spence’s research and teaching focus on government regulation of the energy industry, broadly defined including economic and environmental regulation of the entire energy sector.

He is the author of Climate of Contempt: Rescuing the Energy Transition from Voter Partisanship (Columbia Univ. Press, 2024), and co-author of the energy law textbook, Energy, Economics and the Environment (Foundation Press, 6th Ed., 2023). Professor Spence earned his Ph.D in political science from Duke University, his J.D. from the University of North Carolina, and his B.A. from Gettysburg College


Join UT professors David Spence (School of Law; McCombs School of Business), Sheila Olmstead (LBJ School) and Joshua Busby (LBJ School) for a penetrating look at the increasingly contentious politics of the energy transition. We will structure the discussion around Professor Spence’s forthcoming book, Climate of Contempt: Rescuing the U.S. Energy Transition from Voter Partisanship (Columbia University Press), which challenges some popular narratives about climate and energy politics.

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Date and Time
April 16, 2024, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
In Person EER 3.646 or Stream Online (via Zoom or YouTube)
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UT Energy Symposium