Washington, DC, August 31, 2016 – Leaders in Energy and Potential Energy DC are pleased to announce the first energy and sustainability “Un-Debate” on Thursday, September 15, from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. This lively and unique program will be held at the DC campus of New York University.

Combative debates and polarizing statements have dominated the 2016 election cycle. While this isn’t necessarily a new development, the level of rancor has reached new and disturbing heights. As a result, calm and thoughtful voices have been drowned out.

At the same time, while other important issues like immigration, terrorism and the economy have been at the forefront of the national debate (or at least the headlines), the election will also have important implications for key sustainability and energy issues.

Our participants, representing four parties – Democratic, Republican, Green, and Libertarian – will examine key energy and sustainability issues that are being discussed in the upcoming election. We are very pleased and honored to announce our guest speakers:

  • Charles Hernick – Republican Party;  Running for U.S. House in VA’s 8th District
  • Chris Rackens – Democratic Party; Democratic Energy and Environmental Advisor
  • Arvin Vohra – Libertarian Party; Running for U.S. Senate in Maryland
  • Tim Willard – Green Party; Co-Chair, Montgomery County Green Party

Instead of conducting a conventional debate with people interrupting each other and not listening, and instead of striving to top the other person with their own view, the speakers at this event will seek to identify areas of consensus and common ground. Thus, we are calling this event an “un-debate”.

A professional facilitator will moderate this lively and thought-provoking forum to see where creative, breakthrough solutions to energy challenges can be identified to help our country move forward on these important issues. We are excited about convening this event to foster this discourse, and perhaps this forum can serve a pilot for future conversations to take place at the national level.

For more information about the program, including registration and participant bios, click here.

If you have any questions or issues that you want to see raised at the “Un-Debate”, feel free to send them to: