Sens. Hickenlooper and Cassidy: The Bipartisan Road to Net Zero
Tisha Schuller welcomes Sen. John Hickenlooper, D-Colo., and Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., to the Energy Thinks Podcast.
Tisha and the senators discuss:
- The value of bipartisan collaboration;
- Milestones from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act;
- Energy transition perspectives from Colorado and Louisiana;
- How oil and gas leaders can build trust with political leaders;
- Hydrogen hubs, CCUS, and other innovations; and,
- Geopolitical relations and the need to supply the world with the cleanest molecules.
Senator Hickenlooper’s role in politics began in 2003 when he was elected Denver mayor and served in that position for eight years. He served as the governor of Colorado from Jan. 2011 to Jan. 2019 before being elected to the U.S. Senate in 2021. Prior to his time in politics, Hickenlooper founded Wynkoop Brewing Company in 1987. He also worked as a geologist at Buckhorn Petroleum from 1981 to 1986. Hickenlooper has a master’s in geology and earth science and a B.A. in English language and literature from Wesleyan University.
Senator Cassidy’s work in politics started when he was elected to the Louisiana State Senate in 2006. He later was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008 before earning his current Senate seat in 2014. As part of the Louisiana State University School of Medicine, Cassidy taught medical students and residents at Earl K. Long Hospital in 1990. He also co-founded the Greater Baton Rouge Community Clinic during this time. Cassidy has a B.S. from LSU and an M.D. from the LSU School of Medicine.
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Thank you to the staff in Sen. Hickenlooper and Sen. Cassidy’s office for making this bipartisan collaboration possible! Thanks to Adamantine’s Kayla Dolan for her invaluable assistance. Thanks to Lindsey Slaughter, Adán Rubio, and Michael Tanner who make the Energy Thinks podcast possible.
[Interview recorded on May 3, 2022]