What he does: President, Benjamin Schlesinger & Associates; president, U.S. Association for Energy Economics
Where: Bethesda, Md.
"First, act now to fix problems that concern many people about shale gas drilling, with more water recycling and safe water and methane handling. Second—and this one costs relatively little—get smart grid equipment and systems onto our nation's electricity systems. Third, and maybe most important, use less energy and stop burning so much fuel in cars, buildings, power plants, and industry. Do these things and a few others—such as build the Keystone Pipeline, Alaska Gas Pipeline, and keep our nuclear plants running—and we'll go a long way toward improving our energy future economically and securely, have a cleaner and safer environment, and reduce world energy stresses as well."