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Energy Policy Committee

IEEE-USA & The Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS) present:

A Forum on Oil Dependence and National Security
Set America Free: a Blueprint for Energy Security

The SET AMERICA FREE COALITION brings together prominent individuals and non-profit organizations concerned about the security and economic implications of America’s growing dependence on foreign oil. The coalition, organized by the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security, promotes a blueprint which spells out practical ways in which real progress toward energy security can be made over the next several years. Following are the coalition members:

Apollo Alliance
American Council on Renewable Energy
American Values
Center for Security Policy
Foundation for the Defense of Democracies
Hudson Institute
Institute for the Analysis of Global Security
Middle East Forum
National Defense Council Foundation
Natural Resources Defence Council

Cut dependence on foreign oil. Secure America.

17 March 2005 IEEE-USA and the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS) hosted a forum in the Rayburn Office Building, U.S. House of Representatives at which representatives of Congress, and industry and environmental organizations laid out a strategy for reducing dependency on foreign oil, and stressed the need for the United States to proactively ensure energy independency.

The increasing difficulty of ensuring a steady supply of oil resources is leading to just more than rising fuel costs.  Advocates for oil independency state that both our economy and our national security will be at risk unless we find ways to reduce our consumption of foreign oil. Dwindling oil reserves in non-OPEC countries and the rise of risks  terrorism, corruption, radical anti-Americanism - associated with dealing with the oil producers in the Middle East all lead to the urgency of reducing oil dependence.

Forum speakers advocated for more environmentally sound sources of energy (such as electric vehicles), as well as fuel flexibility laws that would not only change our cars into flexible fuel vehicles, but change production.

"We can't just change the laws, we must do something on the supply side," said Paul Werbos of the National Science Foundation.

Below are links to the slide presentations for each of the Forum speakers.  If you have any questions  or would like information on future activities, please contact Bill Williams at or +1 202 785 0017.

Click here to read a 31 March 2005 Washington Post article (“An Unlikely Meeting Of the Minds: For Very Different Reasons, Groups Agree on Gas Alternatives”) on Set America Free.

"It is long past the time that we recognize that it is simply dangerous for our country to continue importing increasing amounts of oil from nations which are unstable, anti-American, or have even provided assistance to terrorists."

"We will recognize that diversification and greater efficiency are not only good for the environment and the economy, but they promote our security."

— Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.)

Forum speakers included:

  • Frank Gaffney, President, Center for Security Policy
  • Bob Graham, Electric Power Research Institute (4106 KB PowerPoint presentation)
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  • Anne Korin, Co-Director of IAGS (1520 KB PowerPoint presentation)
    "Bottom line: ... If by 2025, all cars on the road are hybrids and half are plug-in hybrid vehicles, U.S. oil imports would drop by 8 million barrel per day (mbd). Today, the U.S. imports 10 mbd and it is projected to import almost 20 mbd by 2025."
  • Paul Werbos, Program Director, National Science Foundation, and Member of the IEEE-USA Energy Policy Committee (2212 KB PowerPoint presentation)
    "We all know that the present problems in the Middle East are a central challenge to the nation. They are extremely expensive and extremely dangerous. But if world dependency on that region continues to grow at the present rate, in 20-30 years the costs and the dangers could grow to be ten times as large as they are now. Clearly we need to take very strong action, if we have any hope at all of changing these trends. It is a matter of life and death."


Updated: 07 October 2010
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