Date: March 13, 2008
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NAS and NAE Hosting Energy Summit March 13-14
"Over these two days we are bringing together many of the nation's foremost leaders and experts on energy and related economic, environmental, and geopolitical issues; their insight will help lay the foundation for a comprehensive study on options for managing energy use wisely in the 21st century," said NAS President Ralph J. Cicerone.
Highlights of today's agenda include a discussion of current U.S. energy policy by Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., chair of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources; a look at the geopolitical context of the nation's energy supply by James R. Schlesinger, chairman of the Mitre Corp. and a senior adviser at Lehman Brothers; and closing remarks by U.S. Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman. Sessions will also examine coal, nuclear power, biofuels, and hydrogen, as well as the implications for automotive fuel economy.
Tomorrow's lineup includes a talk titled "Ending the Energy Stalemate," by John P. Holdren, professor at Harvard University and co-chair of the National Commission on Energy Policy; a discussion on moving toward a sustainable energy future by Steven Chu, director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and co-chair of the InterAcademy Council Study Panel on a Sustainable Energy Future; and remarks by Armory Lovins, CEO of the Rocky Mountain Institute and principal investigator for Winning the Oil Endgame. Other topics include innovative electricity projects, Google's program for plug-in hybrid vehicles, and technologies to confront climate change.
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Funding for America's Energy Future, including the summit, is being provided by Dow Chemical Company Foundation, GE Energy, General Motors Corp., Intel Corp., Fred Kavli and the Kavli Foundation, Joe and Glenna Moore, W.M. Keck Foundation, the National Academies, and the U.S. Department of Energy. The National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering,
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