Throughout his government service Mr. Goo continuously engaged stakeholders that span the political and energy production spectrum. He has earned a reputation for substantive policy expertise on a wide range of environmental topics.
Mr. Goo led key aspects of drafting the 2005 and 2007 Energy Acts, the Waxman-Markey climate change legislation, EPA’s greenhouse gas rulemakings under Clean Air Act section 111, and issues related to the EPA renewable fuels standard. In addition, he contributed to the legal defense of the 1997 National Ambient Air Quality Standards. Michael has testified before Congress on multiple occasions regarding clean air and climate change issues.
Immediately prior to joining AJW, Mr. Goo served as Democratic Chief Counsel for Energy and Environment, with the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Previously, he served as EPA Associate Administrator for Policy. in this position, Mr. Goo reported directly to Administrator Lisa P. Jackson and was responsible for managing EPA’s rulemaking process. Mr. Goo oversaw clearance of all EPA rules from the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the White House Office of Management and Budget. He managed 170 staff members, with a budget of approximately $44 million, covering regulatory review, economic analysis, sustainability and EPA’s smart growth program.
Michael also served previously as Senior Advisor to the Office of Energy Systems and Policy Analysis at the U.S. Department of Energy; Staff Director and Chief Counsel to the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming; Counsel to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee; Committee Counsel on the House Energy and Commerce Committee; and Climate Legislative Director at the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Mr. Goo is a 1984 graduate of Vassar College and a 1987 graduate of Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.