Past Event


America Over a Barrel

Solving Our Oil Vulnerability


9:30 - 11:00 AM EDT

EVENT CANCELLED: Due to scheduling conflicts this event has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Our dependence on oil is not sustainable. The United States has only 2 percent of the world’s oil reserves, yet we use one-quarter of the oil produced annually. One in five barrels of U.S. oil comes from countries that the State Department considers to be "dangerous or unstable." The BP oil disaster is a tragic reminder of the human, economic, and environmental costs of oil dependence. And growing worldwide oil demand—led by China—will put additional upward pressure on oil prices. The United States needs comprehensive clean energy and climate policies that would decrease our dependence on this expensive and unstable commodity.

Please join Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and a panel of experts to discuss the national security, economic, and environmental consequences of our dependence on oil.

Introduction by:
John Podesta, President and Chief Executive Officer, Center for American Progress Action Fund

Keynote Speaker:
Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR)

Featured Speakers:
James Barrett, Chief Economist, Clean Energy Development Center
Sherri Goodman, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, CNA
Jerome Ringo, Senior Executive for Global Strategies, Green Port

Moderated by:
Daniel J. Weiss, Senior Fellow and Director of Climate Strategy, Center for American Progress Action Fund