Energy Security Beckons

The Center for American Progress today hosts a morning conference to unveil a new report, "Energy Security in the 21st Century," which presents a comprehensive strategy for sharply reducing our dependence on foreign oil, confronting the threat posed by climate change, eliminating key proliferation threats, and building a more secure international energy environment.

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will participate in the release of the report, which was prepared by her; John Podesta, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for American Progress; Carol Browner, former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency; and the other members of the National Security Task Force on Energy listed below.

There is widespread agreement across the political spectrum that America's addiction to oil leaves it dangerously dependent on unstable or hostile regimes for its energy supply. This vulnerability is growing as new conflicts flare up in oil-rich regions and gas prices skyrocket to record highs. The Bush administration has demonstrated a willingness to acknowledge the existence of such energy security challenges, but has failed to implement a plan to meet them. By following this report’s recommendations, however, the United States can chart a new course toward increased energy independence and enhanced national, economic, and environmental security.

To read the full report, please go to the following link:

For more information on the conference, please go to the following link:

Task Force Members

Madeleine K. Albright
Samuel R. Berger
Rand Beers
Carol Browner
William Danvers
Tom Daschle
John Deutch
Thomas J. Downey
Michèle A. Flournoy
Leon Fuerth

Denis McDonough Suzanne George
James c= O'Brien
Peter Ogden
John Podesta
Susan E. Rice
Wendy R. Sherman
Gayle Smith
Tara Sonenshine
Jim Steinberg
Timothy E. Wirth

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