On June 24, 2009, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and the National Commission on Energy Policy co-hosted an event in the Senate Russell Office Building, in Washington, DC, marking the release of a groundbreaking report, entitled Climate Policy and Energy-Intensive Manufacturing: Impacts and Options.Funded by the Energy Commission (a project of the Bipartisan Policy Center), the study was conducted by H Road Strategies (HRS), in collaboration with the Millennium Institute (MI). It examined the climate change policy responses available to Congress and the Administration to address competiveness concerns of U.S. heavy manufacturing industries, labor unions and others. High Road Strategies Principal Joel Yudken presented an overview of report and a summary of its findings, before a standing-room only crowd of representatives from industrial, labor, environmental, and governmental organizations, including a number of Senate staff members. The event also featured leading industry, labor and environmental experts who discussed the report and other key competitiveness issues. Both the New York Times and ClimateWire reported on the roll-out and release of the report.
Over the course of the study, the HRS-MI team gave presentations involving a variety of industry and labor groups, as an integral part of the research process, including the American Iron and Steel Institute, the Aluminum Association, American Forest and Paper Association, American Chemistry Council, and the United Steel Workers International Union, among others. Since the roll-out, presentations have been given to representatives of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. International Trade Commission, German Marshall Fund, American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, and the Coalition for a Prosperous America.