“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.
Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Director, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, General Motors
Senior Economist, American Petroleum Institute
Executive Director, Plug-In America
President - Resources for the Future
In their recent book, “The New Localism,” Bruce Katz and Jeremy Nowak argue that cities and counties will be tested as never before in the coming years. They will need to innovate and reform—to pursue new strategies for growth and finance—in a fiscal environment dominated by rising health-care and pension costs. In these circumstances, the quality of metropolitan governance will matter more than ever.