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newsrel -- MEDIA ADVISORY: National Expert to talk on link between sustainable low-carbon transportation and national security

Posted: 31 Aug 2012 14:51:58
David L. Greene to lecture on how transition to low-carbon
transportation options will save money, improve national security


SACRAMENTO—On Tuesday, September 4, 2012, David L. Greene, Ph.D.,
 Senior Fellow, Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy,
University of Tennessee and Corporate Fellow, Oak Ridge National
Laboratory will give a presentation on how petroleum dependence
is a serious economic and national security problem for the U.S.
-- and how transitioning to a low-carbon, sustainable
transportation system can help provide economic benefits, and
improve the nation’s national security. 


WHO:  David L. Greene, Ph.D.,  Senior Fellow, Howard H. Baker Jr.
Center for Public Policy
      University of Tennessee and Corporate Fellow, Oak Ridge
National Laboratory

WHAT:  Chair’s Lecture Series (California Air Resources Board)

WHEN:  Tuesday, September 4, 2012, 12 P.M. (noon) to 1 p.m.
[PDT]

WHERE:  Byron Sher Auditorium, 2nd Floor, Cal/EPA Building 
        1001 I Street, Sacramento, California

NOTE:  Lecture will be webcast at: 
       http://www.calepa.ca.gov/broadcast/?bdo=1

For more information: go to 
       http://www.arb.ca.gov/research/lectures/lectures.htm

BACKGROUND: 
Today, direct economic costs from petroleum dependence are higher
than they were during the oil embargoes of the 1970s and are
estimated to have exceeded $2 trillion since 2005. These costs
represent wealth transfer out of the country and lost economic
output due to monopoly pricing and price spikes. (They do not
account for indirect costs related to congestion, defense, or
health impacts). 

Reducing petroleum dependence by transitioning to a low carbon
transportation system can generate hundreds of billions of
dollars annually in economic and national security benefits for
the U.S. By greatly increasing energy efficiency and substituting
hydrogen, electricity and biofuels produced with low net
greenhouse gas emissions, the U.S. can develop a sustainable and
diverse transportation system while fostering a crucial link to
economic and national security.

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