Pulitzer Prize-winning author and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman will discuss the global implications of energy policy, the economy and the environment as the keynote speaker at the 19th annual Energy Efficiency Forum June 10-11, 2008, in Washington, D.C.

With an intense global interest in climate change and a new administration poised to take office, the nation is increasingly attuned to the potential for groundbreaking energy and climate change policy. At the 19th annualEnergy Efficiency Forum, titled What’s Happening Now and What’s Next?, June 10 - 11, 2008, business and government experts will explore how new leadership can build on public and private sector initiatives to develop large-scale energy efficiency programs that will have significant economic and environmental impact. 

The confirmed keynote speaker is Pulitzer Prize-winning author and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, author of The World is Flat.  In addition to providing an overview of his upcoming book Hot, Flat and Crowded, Friedman will discuss the global implications of energy policy, the economy and the environment with Robert K. Watson, founder of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Green Building Rating System, and David B. Goldstein, co-director of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Energy Program.