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David M. Hart

David M.

Senior Fellow

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @profdavidhart

David M. Hart is a senior fellow with 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 is a former director of the Center and a former member of ITIF’s board.

Hart has authored numerous ITIF reports and related publications, including “More and Better” in 2020, “Clean and Competitive” in 2021, and “Climate Innovation Policy from Glasgow to Pittsburgh” in 2022. He co-authored Energizing America (Columbia University Center for Global Energy Policy, 2020) and Unlocking Energy Innovation (MIT Press, 2012). His work contributed significantly to the establishment of the Department of Energy’s Office of Clean Energy Demonstration in 2021 and Congress’s authorization of the Foundation for Energy Security and Innovation in 2022.

In 2011 and 2012, Hart served as assistant director for innovation policy at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where he focused on advanced-manufacturing issues. Hart has written on a wide range of topics in science, technology, and innovation policy. His other books include The Emergence of Entrepreneurship Policy (Cambridge University Press, 2009), and Forged Consensus: Science, Technology, and Economic Policy in the U.S., 19291953 (Princeton University Press, 2010).He earned his Ph.D. in political science from MIT in 1995.

Recent Publications

October 6, 2022

Midterm Outlook for Energy Innovation Policy

The next Congress will have to wrestle with competing energy and climate innovation policy priorities. But despite their differences, the two parties will have potential opportunities for bipartisan collaboration.

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.

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Recent Events and Presentations

January 19, 2023

Transforming the U.S. Department of Energy: Paving the Way to Commercialize Advanced Nuclear Energy

David M. Hart speaks with the Nuclear Innovation Alliance on the release of a new report, "Transforming the U.S. Department of Energy: Paving the Way to Commercialize Advanced Nuclear Energy."

January 17, 2023

3rd Gamechangers Luncheon: Foundation for Energy Security and Innovation

David M. Hart, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation and Kerry C. Duggan, SustainabiliD, will co-host the third "Gamechangers Luncheon" to discuss ideas for the forthcoming Foundation for Energy Security and Innovation (FESI).

December 20, 2022

2nd Gamechangers Luncheon: Foundation for Energy Security and Innovation

David M. Hart and Kerry C. Duggan (SustainabiliD) co-host the second "Gamechangers Luncheon" to discuss ideas for the forthcoming Foundation for Energy Security and Innovation (FESI).

November 29, 2022

Gamechangers Luncheon: Foundation for Energy Security and Innovation

David Hart and Kerry Duggan (SustainabiliD)will co-host a post-COP27 "Gamechangers Luncheon" to discuss ideas for the forthcoming Foundation for Energy Security and Innovation (FESI).

November 9, 2022

The Foundation for Energy Security and Innovation Presentation at the Association of University Research Parks

David M. Hart presents to the Association of University Research Parks in a discussion about the Foundation for Energy Security and Innovation, an important and vital new initiative that aims to accelerate innovation to support the global transition to low-carbon energy.

November 1, 2022

Impact of Recent Legislation on Energy and Climate Innovation Policy in the United States

David M. Hart spoke to the Science and Technology Policy Institute in South Korea, giving his presentation titled, "Impact of Recent Legislation on Energy and Climate Innovation Policy in the United States."

October 27, 2022

Mission Critical: Accelerating Innovation at COP 27

Watch thought leaders from ITIF, IIT-Delhi School of Public Policy, and the Climate Policy Lab at The Fletcher School, Tufts University share their visions for a successful COP for innovation, building off the September 12th forum published in Nature Energy.

October 20, 2022

Foundation for Energy Security and Innovation Presentation at Cleantech San Diego

David Hart presents to Cleantech San Diego members on ITIF's work to advance the mission and work of the Foundation for Energy Security and Innovation.

October 13, 2022

Decarbonizing Chemical Production: Innovation Strategies

Watch the webinar where we shared 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.

More Events & Presentations by David M. Hart

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