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Global Challenges for U.S. Energy Policy: Economic, Environmental, and Security Risks

International security, domestic energy production, and environmental protection are often discussed separately, but rising global energy demand has implications for a range of issues, including security, economics, and the environment. There is growing recognition, particularly since September 11, of the security dimensions of energy consumption and the economic costs of high energy prices. Global warming also remains a serious concern, but solutions to one policy arena may exacerbate problems in others.

In an effort to build a national consensus on addressing the global dimensions of U.S. energy policy, the Brookings Institution, the American Enterprise Institute, the AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies, and the National Commission on Energy Policy co-sponsored a bipartisan, one-day conference on energy and the global environment that brought together national political leaders, business executives, and foreign policy experts.


Energy and Environment


John Holdren

Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy, Harvard University; Co-Chair, National Commission on Energy Policy

Robert Hahn

Director of Economics - Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at the University of Oxford

Former Brookings Expert

Energy Geopolitics


R. James Woolsey

Former Director, CIA; Member, National Commission on Energy Policy

Global Energy Demand 2004-2050


Guy Caruso

Administrator, Energy Information Administration


John Felmy

Senior Economist, American Petroleum Institute

Introduction by


Jason Grumet

Executive Director, National Commission on Energy Policy

Luncheon Keynote Speaker

New Policy Directions

Opening Remarks, U.S. Energy Policy Goals


Bill Reilly

Co-Chair, National Commission on Energy Policy, Former EPA Administrator


Daniel Yergin

Trustee, The Brookings Institution - Chairman, Cambridge Energy Research Associates

Panel 1 Moderated by

Panel 2 Moderated by


James B. Steinberg

Former Brookings Expert

University Professor, Social Science, International Affairs, and Law - Maxwell School, Syracuse University

Panel 3 Moderated by

David B. Sandalow

Former Brookings Expert

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

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