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Election Townhall: Economy, Energy, Environment (4 of 10)

Election '08's Impact on Michigan: Energy, the Environment, and the Economy Grand Valley's Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies and Michigan Radio present this panel discussion examining the policies of the presidential candidates and how they will impact Michigan. Experts on the environment, energy, and the economy are joined by advocates for the Obama and McCain campaigns to help explain their views in these important areas. Dr. Joe Schwarz is the former Republican representative from Michigans 7th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives. Born in Battle Creek, Michigan, Dr. Schwarz earned a B.A. in history from the University of Michigan where he played center for the football team and an M.D. from Wayne State University. Dr. Schwarz served as a combat surgeon for the United States Navy in the Vietnam War, before serving as a Central Intelligence Agency operative in Southeast Asia. He returned to Battle Creek, Michigan, in 1979, where he has been a practicing physician since that time. He served Battle Creek as a City Commissioner from 1979 to 1985, and as mayor from 1985 to 1987. Dr. Schwarz worked for almost 20 years as a legislator at the state and federal levels. From 1987 to 2002, he was a member of the Michigan State Senate. He then represented Michigans 7th district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2005 to 2007. In 2000, Dr. Schwarz co-chaired the U.S. presidential Republican primary campaign of his friend John McCain. In 2007, Dr. Schwarz was appointed to Senator McCain's presidential finance committee for the state of Michigan. Dr. Imad Mahawili is executive director of the Michigan Renewable and Alternative Energy Center. He also serves as executive director of the Muskegon SmartZone and director of research for the Grand Rapids SmartZone. Since earning a B.Sc. and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of London, Dr. Mahawili has gained extensive experience developing energy conversion technologies, semiconductor technologies, and medical devises. He worked at Du Pont during the 1974 energy crisis, developing chemical feedstocks from coal and consulting on alternate and renewable energy research, before he moved to Silicon Valley to work on semiconductor technologies throughout the 1980s. In 1992, Dr. Mahawili moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, to start Micro C Technologies, Inc., an advanced semiconductor capital equipment technology company. He owns twenty-one U.S. patents, with five more pending, and he has authored four technical papers. Mr. Mark A. Coscarelli is vice president for Great Lakes & environment at Public Sector Consultants (PCS). He has been with the firm since 2001. Mr. Coscarelli, who holds a B.S. in environmental and natural resource studies and an M.S. in fisheries and wildlife from Michigan State University, conducts research and writes reports on the environment and public policy for the firm and its clients. He also serves as manager and secretary for the Great Lakes Fishery Trust. Prior to joining PSC, Mr. Coscarelli was a senior environmental specialist in the Office of the Great Lakes, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. He managed the Michigan Great Lakes Protection Fund, and served as a statewide expert for the control of harmful nonindigenous species in Michigan. Mr. Coscarelli has also been employed as an environmental quality analyst in the Surface Water Quality Division of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and as a resource specialist in Michigan State Universitys Groundwater Education Program.
Length: 09:58


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