It's still hard to say if Google climate change executive Dan Reicher is climbing up Barack Obama's shortlist for energy secretary. But look for him - and Google - to be major players in next year's climate change debate.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) headlined a roundtable discussion hosted by the Third Way at Google's Washington offices Tuesday, where he praised the company as "a national leader" for its forward thinking movement on energy policy.
"Google is a breath of fresh air," Reid said. "This company came out of nowhere… with a clean energy plan."
Google released a $4.4 trillion energy plan in October that would move the nation away from coal and oil generated electricity by 2030.This was done "not because it's good business, but because it's the right thing to do," said Google policy counsel Harry Wingo.
Several other corporations have also unveiled energy plans, and many of the executives who helped with them are also rumored to be on Obama's shortlist of energy secretary prospects.
Dow Chemical Company chief executive Andrew Liveris also appeared was bandied about as a contender shortly after Dow released a white paper of energy recommendations, along with Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens and former Vice President Al Gore.