For energy solutions, 'think small'

Josh Freed, director of the Clean Energy Program at Thirdway, a moderate think tank, speaks about the promise of small, incremental change in the energy world at a discussion in Washington, hosted by the Monitor.

A carbon tax is unlikely, says Josh Freed of Thirdway, a moderate think tank, but the energy world can expect beneficial, incremental change.

As part of an ongoing series of conversations about building America's energy future, the Monitor hosted a roundtable discussion in Washington on Dec. 12, 2012, with several clean-energy experts. The video above is an excerpt from panelist Josh Freed, director of the Clean Energy Program at Thirdway, a moderate think tank based in Washington. Mr. Freed speaks about his vision for a bipartisan clean energy policy in America. The discussion was sponsored by Areva, a Paris-based energy company. 

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