About Spencer Abraham
America’s 10th and longest serving Secretary of Energy, former U.S. Senator Spencer Abraham began his tenure as Secretary of Energy in the midst of a severe energy crisis that included the California blackouts, declining domestic energy supplies and insufficient international energy trade opportunities. In response, he helped President Bush devise America’s first national energy plan in over a decade and oversaw its implementation. As part of this plan, he led efforts to broaden America’s international energy partnerships, working with China, Japan, Russia, the E.U., countries in South America and Africa and certain OPEC nations. According to the Presidential Management Agenda scorecard, the Department of Energy went from “worst to first” of well-run agencies under Secretary Abraham’s leadership.
Abraham’s timely book, Lights Out!: Ten Myths About (and Real Solutions to) America’s Energy Crisis (July 2010), debunks the myths that warp our current debate over energy, and offers new solutions to the real problems we face in America. Spencer effectively answers how America and the world can overcome the challenges of rising global energy demand, geopolitical disruptions of the energy marketplace, and the environmental impact of producing and using energy. Abraham provides a pragmatic energy strategy that calls for blending a variety of energy sources including nuclear, clean coal, solar, wind, and natural gas with a more determined effort at improving energy efficiency through the deployment of smart energy grids and buildings, to help meet our challenges while preserving our economy and environment.
Spencer Abraham is a frequent contributor to FOX News, and was recently named Chairman of the Board of AREVA Inc, the US subsidiary of the Paris-based AREVA Group. He also sits on the Occidental Petroleum Board of Directors.
Abraham and his wife, Jane, are the parents of three children. He holds a law degree from Harvard University, where he co-founded the Federalist Society, and is a native of East Lansing, Michigan.