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Brad Crabtree joined the Great Plains Institute in 2002 and is a Vice President. Brad currently manages the Institute's fossil energy projects in carbon capture and storage, power generation and unconventional oil and gas production. He co-directs the National Enhanced Oil Recovery Initiative, a national coalition of energy, industrial and technology companies, labor unions, environmental organizations and state officials working to expand the capture of carbon dioxide for use in domestic oil production. Brad previously coordinated energy policy advisory groups for the Midwestern Governors Association and facilitated the Midwestern Greenhouse Gas Reduction Accord Advisory Group for six governors and the Manitoba premier. He also co-directed Powering the Plains, GPI's original flagship project that developed a comprehensive, 50-year regional blueprint for energy efficiency, renewable energy and advanced coal technologies. Brad has organized multiple overseas energy policy and technology delegations for public and private-sector leaders from the Midwest and nationally. Prior to GPI, he was project director at the Consensus Council in Bismarck, ND, managing regional flood mitigation and resource management projects. Brad was recently appointed by U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz to serve on the National Coal Council, which prepares studies and makes recommendations to the Secretary on coal and the coal industry. He ranches with his wife and daughter in North Dakota, where he was a statewide candidate for Public Service Commissioner in 2010 and 2012. A graduate of the Georgetown School of Foreign Service, Brad has an MA in history from Johns Hopkins University.

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