Wednesday Virtual Event: The Impact of President Biden’s Energy Policy Discussion: Kevin Hassett & Paul Gessing


On his first day in office President Joe Biden shut down the Keystone XL pipeline, leading to the loss of at least 1,000 jobs. The 1,700-mile pipeline was planned to carry roughly 800,000 barrels of oil a day from Alberta to the Texas Gulf Coast, passing through Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma.President Biden also paused fossil-fuel leases and drilling on federal land, inflicting a particular blow to New Mexico where nearly 35 percent of the land is federal, and the oil and gas industries combine to generate roughly 40 percent of the state’s annual budget.

Join Rio Grande Foundation as we partner with the National Review Institute  to host a conversation with NRI Fellow Kevin Hassett and RGF president Paul Gessing on the impact of this and other Biden administration energy policies.

As Hassett wrote, “the Biden agenda makes fossil fuels cheaper for everyone else on earth, and creates a massive rebound effect as foreign emitters capture market share for energy-intensive products at the expense of U.S. firms.”

Wednesday, February 24
12pm Noon MST (the “virtual” event will last until 1pm)



Kevin Hassett is senior adviser to National Review Capital Matters. He is also Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution and Vice President of the Lindsey Group. Hassett served as the 29th Chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers beginning in 2017 and rejoined the White House this spring as Senior Advisor to the President.Prior to his White House service, Hassett was the research director at the American Enterprise Institute for many years. He also served as a senior economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and as an associate professor of economics and finance at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business, as well as a visiting professor at New York University’s Law School. He has been an adviser for many presidential campaigns and has contributed regular columns to National Review for almost 20 years.

Paul Gessing became the first full-time President of the Rio Grande Foundation in March of 2006. Since joining the Foundation, Gessing has been a prominent voice for limited government and individual liberties in policy areas including Constitutional liberties, taxes, health care, education, and transportation.He has published articles in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, US News & World Reports, The Albuquerque Journal, and several other major publications. He writes for and appears regularly in media outlets around New Mexico. Paul has also testified in Congress and before a variety of state and local bodies. Paul graduated from Bowling Green State University in Ohio with a degree in Political Science in 1997 and he received his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Maryland in 2005.