“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.