Panacea or Pipe Dream? Energy Policy and the Search for Alternatives

The United States must lessen the intensity of its dependence on fossil fuels or face rising challenges to its influence in global affairs on everything from security to climate change. With that as a premise, a recent symposium hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations, titled "Panacea or Pipe Dream? Energy Policy and the Search for Alternatives," surveyed the options available to policymakers and professionals in the energy field. Participants in the symposium's four sessions—including energy experts with top private and public sector experience and moderated by the Council's Sebastian Mallaby—all faulted what they said were sluggish federal policies on research, electricity grid regulation, and management of the current oil-dominated energy policy.

Summary Report of Symposium: Downloadable PDF

Further Readings

Council Task Force Report: National Security Consquences of U.S. Oil Dependency

Daily News Analysis: Making Ethanol Policy Practical

Council Report: Climate Change: Debating America's Policy Options

Meeting with Exxon Mobile CEO, Rex Tillerson: Audio and Video

Meetings

Symposium ⁄ Washington

A Foreign Policy Mandate? Thirty Years of Oil and Gas (Session 1)

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Symposium ⁄ Washington

The Range of the Possible: Energy Alternatives in the Market (Session 2)

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Symposium ⁄ Washington

What Next? Government Action and the Policy Puzzle (Session 3)

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Energy Policy and the Search for Alternatives: Keynote Address (Session 4)

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