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Fueling the Future: The Cost of Oil Dependence and the Prospects for Alternatives


Recent increases in oil prices illustrate the world’s dependence on oil supplies from countries with unstable or oppressive governments. Severin Borenstein discusses the long-term implications of the developed world’s reliance on imports from the Middle East and Russia. Daniel Kammen will follow with a survey of renewable energy technologies — solar, wind, and biomass — that have undergone dramatic improvements over the past decade and are now poised to compete directly with the existing fossil fuel-based energy technologies.

Dates and Locations

Los Angeles

Nov. 9, 2004
Skirball Cultural Center


Nov. 10, 2004
Newport Harbor Yacht Club



Severin Borenstein

Borenstein is E.T. Grether Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy at the Haas School of Business, director of the University of California Energy Institute, and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, MA. He is also an affiliated professor in the ag…

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Dan Kammen

Kammen is a professor in Berkeley’s  Energy and Resources Group, a professor of public policy in the Goldman School of Public Policy, and a professor of nuclear engineering in the department of nuclear engineering. His research combines environmental science, risk analysis, design and development o…

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Robert J. Birgeneau

Birgeneau, an internationally distinguished physicist, served as the ninth chancellor of UC Berkeley from 2004–13. Well known for his commitment to diversity and equity, he successfully advanced a vision of “Access and Excellence.” Prior to Berkeley, he was president of the University of Toronto fo…

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