ADVISORY: Sen. Merkley on Solving Our Oil Vulnerability

June 14, 2010, 9:30am – 11:00am

Washington, D.C. – 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.

Introduction by:
Winnie Stachelberg, Senior Vice President for External Affairs, Center for American Progress

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

Coffee will be served at 9:00 a.m.


If you are a member of the press and would like to attend this event, please contact Suzi Emmerling at or 202-481-8224.


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