Renewable Energy


Is Castro Right? The Prospects for Biofuel Development (Audio)

Speakers: David J. Rothkopf and C. Ford Runge
Presider: Julia E. Sweig

Listen to David Rothkopf, president and chief executive officer of Garten Rothkopf, and C. Ford Runge, distinguished McKnight university professor of applied economics at the University of Minnesota, discuss the potential impact of the increasing demand for biofuels on global energy and food security.

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Panacea or Pipe Dream? Energy Policy and the Search for Alternatives: Session 2: The Range of the Possible: Energy Alternatives in the Market (Audio)

Speakers: John E. Bryson and Vijay Vaitheeswaran
Presider: Sebastian Mallaby

Listen to John Bryson, chairman and CEO of Edison International, and Vijay Vaitheeswaran, correspondent for The Economist, discuss the role of the market in developing energy alternatives to oil and gas.

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Funding an Energy Revolution? Ethanol and Energy Security

Speaker: Vinod Khosla
Presider: Sebastian Mallaby

In response to member demand, the Council has begun a new series focusing on energy and the available options for increasing U.S. energy security. Given finite federal resources, the decisions made by venture capitalists will be critical in helping to determine the range of energy alternatives available. Over the next few months, meetings will examine both the technology behind and politics of the global energy challenge. In this first installment, join venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, who has poured millions into cleantech ventures and has led a wave of investment in the sector, to discuss the viability of the ethanol option.

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"A Future Vision for Energy" with Anne Lauvergeon, CEO, AREVA

Speaker: Anne Lauvergeon
Presider: Christine Todd Whitman

Anne Lauvergeon, chief executive officer of AREVA, a company that provides complete fuel cycle services, nuclear reactor design, and construction for the nuclear energy industry internationally, offers her perspective on how to satisfy growing global energy needs while decreasing carbon dioxide emissions, protecting natural resources, and maintaining price stability and competition.

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A Conversation with T. Boone Pickens

Speaker: T. Boone Pickens
Speaker: Frank Sesno

In July 2008, oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens launched a $58 million national campaign to promote the “Pickens Plan,” a U.S. energy policy proposal that calls for increased use of domestic energy products such as wind and natural gas. Mr. Pickens says his plan would lower U.S. dependence on foreign oil by more than fifty percent over the next ten years. Please join T. Boone Pickens to discuss U.S. energy policy and the future of his plan.

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PEW: Who's Winning the Clean Energy Race?

This report documents the dawning of a new worldwide industry-clean energy-which has experienced investment growth of 230 percent since 2005. Demonstrating its strength, the clean energy sector declined only 6.6 percent in 2009 despite the worst financial downturn in over half a century.

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