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David M. Hart

David M.

Senior Fellow and Director, Center for Clean Energy Innovation

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @profdavidhart

David M. Hart is a senior fellow and director of ITIF's Center for Clean Energy Innovation, and a professor of public policy at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government. Hart directs ITIF’s Center for Clean Energy Innovation, which seeks to accelerate the transition of the domestic and global energy systems to low-carbon resources. He is also a former member of ITIF’s board.

Prior to joining ITIF as a senior fellow, Hart co-authored (with Richard K. Lester) Unlocking Energy Innovation (MIT Press) and published numerous articles on energy innovation policy in academic and policy publications. In 2011 and 2012, he served as assistant director for innovation policy at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where he focused on advanced manufacturing issues. He contributed to the National Strategic Plan for Advanced Manufacturing and the reports of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership. After leaving the White House, Hart co-authored (with Robert D. Atkinson and Stephen Ezell) the ITIF report “Why America Needs a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation.”

Hart served as senior associate dean of the George Mason School of Public Policy during the 2014 and 2015 academic years. He currently co-chairs the Innovation Policy Forum at the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. His other books include The Emergence of Entrepreneurship Policy (Cambridge University Press), and Forged Consensus: Science, Technology, and Economic Policy in the U.S., 1929-1953 (Princeton University Press). He earned his Ph.D. in political science from MIT in 1995.

Recent Publications

October 3, 2022

Decarbonizing the Chemical Industry: Policy Insights From a Case Study of PVC

A recent first-of-its-kind study of the value chain for polyvinyl chloride production in the United States provides valuable insights into the types and sequencing of policies that will be required to decarbonize chemical production.

September 12, 2022

Climate Innovation Policy From Glasgow to Pittsburgh

In September, ministers will gather in Pittsburgh to consider how their governments should respond to the energy and climate innovation imperative. Building on Glasgow, the meeting should strive to fill critical gaps in areas such as capital-intensive demonstration projects and innovation-friendly trade in carbon-intensive goods.

August 2, 2022

The Foundation for Energy Security and Innovation: A Flexible New Tool to Build the Economy, Strengthen Science, and Fight Climate Change

In July 2022, Congress authorized DOE to establish and collaborate closely with a new non-profit Foundation for Energy Security and Innovation (FESI), an idea that the Center developed over the previous five years. ITIF is working to ensure that FESI gets off to a fast start and contributes to DOE’s vital missions right away.

May 13, 2022

Further Energizing Innovation in Fiscal Year 2023

The FY 2023 budget request signals America’s commitment to sustaining bipartisan momentum for clean energy innovation. Congress should seize this opportunity to accelerate domestic clean energy industries and shape the U.S. response to climate change.

April 18, 2022

Active Carbon Management: Critical Tools in the Climate Toolbox

Technologies to capture and store carbon must be part of the arsenal to fight climate change. To deploy them at scale, policymakers should expand federal incentives, increase RD&D for traditional and novel technologies, and expedite permitting and siting of requisite infrastructure.

April 18, 2022

First of Its Kind: Making DOE’s New Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations a Success

The U.S. Department of Energy’s new Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations is a tremendous step forward for innovation and must become a permanent fixture in the federal structure. DOE needs time right now to build up the new office systematically, and over the next few years its funding must grow rapidly, so that it can drive a steady stream of innovations ready to be scaled up nationally and globally.

January 24, 2022

Comments to the Department of Energy on Deployment and Demonstration Opportunities for Carbon Reduction and Removal Technologies

ITIF is pleased to submit the following comments to the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Managements request for information regarding the opportunity for carbon capture and direct air capture technologies.

January 20, 2022

Innovation Uptake: The Final Frontier for Energy Policy

The Biden administration and Congress should adopt innovation uptake policies to ensure that the remarkable products of federal investment and American ingenuity are not left moldering on the shelf.

January 14, 2022

One Year Later, A Glass Half Full: Energy Innovation Under the Biden Administration

A year into the administration, the supply-push elements of the agenda have fared better than the demand-pull components. While a half-full glass is better than an empty one, only a full one will put the United States and the world on a path that will stop climate change.

November 15, 2021

Comments to OSTP and NTSC on How to Develop a National Strategic Plan for Advanced Manufacturing

In these comments, ITIF offers high-level and granular recommendations on how to formulate a strategic plan for advanced manufacturing, including emerging areas of science and technology to focus on, R&D priorities, public-private and regional partnerships, tech transfer, workforce skills, the manufacturing supply chain and industrial base, and useful models to expand.

November 1, 2021

Don’t Add Carbon Tariffs to the Growing List of Global Trade Tensions

Allies and partners like the United States, the EU, the United Kingdom, and Canada should avoid destabilizing trade frictions that threaten to derail much-needed climate progress and instead work toward a collaborative climate innovation club.

October 29, 2021

Wheezing Toward Glasgow: The Parlous Health of the Global Clean Energy Innovation System

Technological innovation is essential for fighting climate change, but the global clean energy innovation system is not healthy enough to drive it as quickly as it is needed.

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Recent Events and Presentations

October 27, 2022

Mission Critical: Accelerating Innovation at COP 27

Join ITIF, IIT-Delhi School of Public Policy, and Tufts University’s Climate Policy Lab as thought leaders from these institutions share their visions for a successful COP for innovation, building off the 12 September forum published in Nature Energy.

October 13, 2022

Decarbonizing Chemical Production: Innovation Strategies

Please join us as we share new work from ITIF, George Mason’s Center for Energy Science and Policy, and the Center for Houston’s Future that investigates these pathways and explores policy options to decarbonize chemical production.

September 23, 2022

Demo! Scalable and Replicable Demonstration Projects to Accelerate Decarbonization Worldwide

New frameworks and projects based on scalability and replicability are urgently needed to rapidly validate and commercialize innovative clean energy solutions, such as for smarter grids and hydrogen production.

September 7, 2022

Buying Power: How Federal Procurement Can Drive Clean Energy Innovation

Join ITIF for an expert panel discussion about a new report by ITIF board member and former DOD and GSA sustainability leader Dorothy Robyn.

July 26, 2022

Accelerating More Equitable EV Adoption Through Technological, Business Model, and Policy Innovation

ITIF’s Center for Clean Energy Innovation hosted an expert discussion on the findings and policy implications of a new report examining the connection between equity and innovation in the context of EVs.

March 17, 2022

Devil in the Details: Reconciling the House and Senate Versions of Competitiveness Legislation

Watch ITIF and an expert panel featuring key policymakers and leading analysts who discussed how to bring House and Senate versions of competitiveness legislation across the finish line in a form that will be a winner for U.S. workers and the economy.

January 13, 2022

Rejuvenating Global Energy Innovation to Deliver on Glasgow

ITIF's Center for Clean Energy Innovation hosted a discussion of the health of the global clean energy innovation system, why continuous investments in the system matter, and what a healthy system should look like.

December 7, 2021

Earth, Wind, and Fire: Why Spurring Further Innovation in Renewables Matters

ITIF’s Center for Clean Energy Innovation hosted a panel discussion on why continued innovation matters, what an innovation agenda for advanced renewables should look like, and which technologies are likely to be the next big things.

October 19, 2021

National Grades for the UN Climate Summit: Who Contributes the Most to Global Energy Innovation?

ITIF released the latest edition of its Global Energy Innovation Index, a multi-faceted assessment of national contributions to the global energy innovation system, and hosted a discussion about how to push the pace with leading energy innovation policy experts.

June 24, 2021

How to Make U.S. Manufacturing Clean and Competitive in the Global Low-Carbon Economy

ITIF hosted a discussion about a recently released report, in partnership with Boston University’s Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Fraunhofer USA Center for Manufacturing Innovation, outlining policy recommendations to integrate the U.S. manufacturing innovation and competitiveness agenda with emerging national climate policies.

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