Dec 18

Past Event

Energy Security, Energy Urgency: Key Issues Facing the Next President

Event Materials



  • Carlos Pascual

    If climate change continues unabated, Pascual says, the impact on the United States could be disastrous.

    Carlos Pascual

  • David B. Sandalow

    Sandalow encourages the use of corn based biofuels as a means to help contain greenhouse gasses.

    David B. Sandalow

  • Senator Richard Lugar

    Despite the nation''s military might, Senator Lugar says there are no guarantees that the country can be spared an energy disaster.

    Carlos Pascual and David B. Sandalow

  • Senator Richard Lugar

    American national security will be at risk as long as we are heavily dependent on imported energy, Senator Lugar says.

    Carlos Pascual and David B. Sandalow

  • Senator Richard Lugar

    Other developed nations have made great strides in improving fuel economy. Senator Lugar states this is an issue that should be a priority for out next president.

    Carlos Pascual and David B. Sandalow


Brookings hosted Senator Richard G. Lugar, the ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, for a conversation on the lack of action on U.S. energy security and the challenges the next president will face on this issue. Indiana’s longest-serving senator, Lugar was first elected in 1976, and is recognized as one of the nation’s leading voices on foreign relations and national security.

U.S. dependence on increasingly scarce fossil fuels threatens U.S. security while also undermining international stability. Absent revolutionary changes in energy policy, U.S. foreign policy goals may be undermined, living standards may erode, and the U.S. may become highly vulnerable to the machinations of rogue states. These are the urgent security questions facing the next U.S. president.

In his address, Senator Lugar discussed the need for leadership by the next president in combating energy threats to U.S. national security. Brookings Vice President and Director of Foreign Policy Carlos Pascual provided introductory remarks and moderated the discussion.

Event Agenda

  • Introduction and Moderator

  • Featured Speaker

    • The Honorable Richard G. Lugar (R-Ind.)

      United States Senate


December 18, 2007

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM EST

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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