Oct 15

Past Event

Freedom from Oil: How the Next President Can End the United States' Oil Addiction

Event Materials


"I plan to deliver an address from the Oval Office one month from today. The topic will be oil dependence." With these opening words, David Sandalow's Freedom from Oil (McGraw-Hill, 2007) explores what could happen if the next president made ending oil dependence a top priority. Dueling memos from Cabinet members and top aides examine plug-in cars, biofuels, fuel efficiency, mass transit and other topics. Freedom from Oil offers insights into both energy policy and White House decision-making, culminating with a speech by the new president to the nation.

Sandalow, a Brookings senior fellow, discussed his new book at this event. Commentary from a panel of distinguished experts explored the perspectives of government, NGOs and industry.

A complete audio MP3 is available here >>

Event Agenda

  • Opening Remarks

    • Jim Woolsey

      Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton

      Former Director, Central Intelligence Agency

  • Presentation

  • Commentary

    • Ian Bowles

      Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

    • Keith Cole

      Director, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, General Motors

    • Rayola Dougher

      Senior Economist, American Petroleum Institute

    • Chelsea Sexton

      Executive Director, Plug-In America

    • Phil Sharp

      President, Resources for the Future


October 15, 2007

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM EDT

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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