Past Seminar

Energy Policy Challenges: Is the Past Prologue?

Oct 29, 2008

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Energy Policy Challenges: Is the Past Prologue?
Wednesday, October 29, 2008

In the late 1970s, a series of studies was produced that surveyed America’s energy situation, including the landmark book Energy in America’s Future by scholars at Resources for the Future. Thirty years later, this symposium provided a retrospective assessment of the 1970s experience in order to extract lessons for current policy. In what ways is the past a prologue? Which projections materialized and which policy concerns proved justified? Which did not? With what confidence or humility should this retrospective inform current visions of our energy future, given the emerging challenges of energy security and global climate change?

A distinguished group of academics and policymakers drew on their extensive experience with U.S. energy policy to put the current energy landscape into historical perspective.  Panelists included:

  • Professor John Deutch (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • Robert Fri (former President of RFF)
  • Professor William Hogan (Harvard University)
  • Milton Russell (Emeritus — University of Tennessee)
  • Phil Sharp (President of RFF)

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