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

“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 >>


Opening Remarks


David B. Sandalow

Former Brookings Expert

Inaugural Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy - School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University



Ian Bowles

Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Commonwealth of Massachusetts


Keith Cole

Director, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, General Motors

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