Association Webinars: The Greening of the U.S. Pipeline System: Opportunities and Challenges


Slides: View Mary Finley-Brook's slides


In Texas alone, about 40 pipelines covering roughly 11,000 miles are either under construction or in pre-construction development. But natural gas pipeline development faces strong political opposition in other parts of the United States. New environmentally-oriented technologies and a vision for future U.S. lower carbon gas systems are among solutions being brought forward. An expert panel discusses the politics of natural gas pipelines in the United States and expectations for the future.


Amy Jaffe, is the David M. Rubenstein senior fellow for energy and the environment and director of the program on Energy Security and Climate Change at the Council on Foreign Relations. A leading expert on global energy policy, geopolitical risk and energy and sustainability, Jaffe previously served as executive director for energy and sustainability at the University of California, Davis and senior advisor for energy and sustainability at Office of the Chief Investment Officer of the University of California, Regents. She was also formerly a global fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Prior to joining the University of California, Davis, Jaffe served as founding director of the Energy Forum at Rice University's James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy and its Wallace S. Wilson fellow for energy studies. She has taught energy policy, business, and sustainability courses at Rice University, University of California, Davis, and Yale University.


Paula A. Gant
As the Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Innovation at GTI, Dr. Gant drives efforts to increase GTI's impact in deploying technology-based energy and environmental solutions that enable safe, efficient, clean and affordable energy supplies in the U.S. and around the globe.

In private and public sector roles, Dr. Gant has focused on the technology, market, and policy solutions needed to transition energy systems. She has a strong track record in addressing complex business and policy challenges through building effective teams, communicating science and technology impacts and organizing diverse interests around a common goal. Paula is a respected voice in global natural gas and broader energy discussions.

In leadership roles at the U.S. Department of Energy, Paula administered natural gas export regulation and R&D programs executed by the National Energy Technology Lab, along with orchestrating the implementation of international clean energy deployment initiatives. Prior to that, she led policy, regulatory affairs, and strategy at the American Gas Association, and directed policy and government affairs for Duke Energy Corporation. She has served on the Economics faculties of the University of Louisville and Louisiana State University.

She is a graduate of McNeese State University in Louisiana and Auburn University in Alabama.

Dr. Mary Finley-Brook has taught Geography, Environmental Studies, and Global Studies at the University of Richmond since 2006. Her classes engage in community-based projects addressing energy justice and climate change mitigation. Finley-Brook is a member of University of Richmond’s Sustainability and Environmental Awareness Committee. She serves on steering committee of the Virginia Environmental Justice Collaborative and was a founding member of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Environmental Justice. Finley-Brook wrote Empowering Energy Justice ( to identify paths toward social and racial equity in energy transition. She currently is working on a book with Stephen Metts (The New School –NYC), entitled Climate Crisis, Energy Violence documenting fossil gas pipeline violence in Appalachia as part of global trends.

Mark Brownstein, is Senior Vice President of Energy at Environmental Defense Fund, and a member of EDF's executive team. He leads EDF's Energy program globally, with a focus on halting the rise of global oil and gas emissions on a path consistent with a 2050 zero-carbon future.

Mark is a member of the University of Pennsylvania's Kleinman Center for Energy Policy Advisory Board.

He is an adjunct professor of law at New York University Law School and has also taught energy policy at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).


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