This class will provide an overview of our current energy situation, immersing students in the various policy debates on what role the government—both federal and local—should play in incentivizing changes to our current energy situation, and pro- and con- discussions of the policy alternatives. Using the ongoing energy and climate policy debate as a backdrop, students will learn how different interest groups wield power and influence in Washington, DC, to sway Congress and the Executive Branch. Guest speakers will provide first-hand accounts of policy debates and will reveal strategies employed by various interest groups to educate and influence decision-makers.