Authors Posts by George David Banks

George David Banks

George David Banks is Executive Vice President at the American Council for Capital Formation. He is an economist, political consultant, and policy advocate, focusing on energy, environment, and trade. Banks has published reports and opinion editorials on a variety of policy issues, including climate change, civil nuclear power, and energy markets and trade. He is also a fellow at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy and a member of the ClearPath Foundation’s advisory board. Most recently, he served as President Donald Trump’s Special Assistant for International Energy and Environment at the National Economic and National Security Councils – a position that required him to manage workstreams related to his portfolio across the federal government.

ACCF Policy Alert No. 1: The Death of American Uranium Enrichment?

On September 11 of this year, the Obama administration announced that it would take immediate measures to end funding of the only U.S. uranium...

U.S. RESOURCE NATIONALISM: The Impact of Energy Trade Restrictions on National Security

Antiquated federal laws that severely limit U.S. energy exports undermine long-term U.S. foreign policy interests by threatening the international free trade regime, obstructing development...

Understanding The U.S.-China Announcement On Climate Change: Separating Myth From Reality

Last year’s U.S.-China Announcement on Climate Change is rich in what it says and does not say. Interestingly, both sides of the U.S. climate policy debate have framed the Announcement as something that it is not – an agreement with commitments related to emissions cuts and limitations.

Special Report: U.S. Coal Plant Financing Policy – A Threat To Long-Term U.S. Interests...

The role of the federal government in the international financing of coal plants has become controversial in recent years. Some policymakers as well as environmental activists oppose the use of any public funds for any overseas coal plant, including highly-efficient units, while some fiscal conservatives want an end to all government financing of exports and projects.