Dick Munson is senior vice president at Recycled Energy Development, a new firm that seeks to cut greenhouse-gas emissions by capturing and recycling waste energy. He has written about and lobbied for clean energy over the past several decades.
For more than 20 years, Dick directed the Northeast-Midwest Institute and coordinated with the Northeast-Midwest Congressional and Senate Coalitions, bipartisan caucuses that conduct policy research and draft legislation on agriculture, economic development, energy, environmental, and manufacturing issues. The Coalitions support the Great Lakes Task Forces of the United States Senate and House of Representatives.
Dick is the author of several books, including From Edison to Enron, which recounts the history of electricity and suggests an innovation-based vision for the power industry. His Cardinals of Capitol Hill traces the machinations of congressional appropriators who control government spending. Dick also wrote Cousteau: The Captain and His World, a biography of the ocean explorer and filmmaker. His articles on energy and environmental policy have appeared in numerous newspapers and journals.
Dick has served as secretary of the U.S. Combined Heat and Power Association, director of the Solar Lobby, director of the Center for Renewable Resources, co-coordinator of Sun Day, coordinator of the Environmental Action Foundation, and lecturer in history at the University of Michigan.