Natural gas vehicles, spectrum breakdown and vulnerable senators

Wednesday - 8/8/2012, 6:19pm EDT

Capital Impact - August 9, 2012

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This Week on Bloomberg Government's Capital Impact show with guest host Loren Duggan:

  • With the world locked in a debate over gasoline prices, has a viable alternative been found in natural gas? BGOV Energy Analyst Rob Barnett breaks down the high-octane debate.

  • All the wireless gadgets that communicate with "the cloud" require spectrum to do so. Providers would love to have more of it and would like government agencies to license what they don't use. BGOV Finance Technology Analyst Afzal Bari weighs in on the spectrum fight.

  • With Congress on recess, many lawmakers will head home to a brutal re-election fight. BGOV Legislative Analyst Elizabeth Karasmeighan looks at four vulnerable senators along with legislation they've sponsored.

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Afzal Bari is a financial analyst at Bloomberg Government, focusing on technology and telecommunications. He advised senior executives at large global firms as a strategy consultant with the Corporate Executive Board. Bari holds an MBA from Duke University and undergraduate degrees in information technology and government.

Rob Barnett is an energy analyst at Bloomberg Government. Before joining Bloomberg, he was an associate director of climate change and clean energy at IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates. Barnett holds a master's degree in economics from Boston University and an undergraduate and master's degree in electrical engineering from Clemson University.

Loren Duggan (moderator) is Bloomberg Government's chief legislative analyst. Before joining Bloomberg, he was editor of Congressional Quarterly's House Action Reports, providing summaries and analysis of legislation. He also contributed to CQ's legislative tracking services during his decade with the company. Loren holds a bachelor's degree in political science and psychology from American University.

Elizabeth Karasmeighan is a legislative analyst at Bloomberg Government. She had been vice president of policy research at Strategas Research Partners, where she analyzed the investment implications of federal and state policy initiatives. Karasmeighan holds a master of public policy degree from The George Washington University.