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Nov. 6 talk by energy scholar David Sandalow to discuss new book, "Freedom from Oil"

02 November 2007

ATTENTION: Journalists covering energy, public policy and politics

Contact: Sarah Yang, Media Relations
(510) 643-7741 scyang@berkeley.edu

"Freedom from Oil," a public talk by David Sandalow, senior fellow at The Brookings Institution and a former assistant secretary of state, in which he discusses his new book by the same title. The presentation, sponsored by the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) at the University of California, Berkeley, includes a question-and-answer session with Sandalow, an energy and environment scholar and former senior director at the National Security Council.

Sandalow's book, released in October, explores the potential impacts - should the next president make ending oil dependence a top priority - on transportation policy, the types of vehicles driven in the country, alternative fuels and more. "Freedom from Oil" offers insights into both energy policy and White House decision-making, culminating with a hypothetical speech by a new president.

11 a.m. - noon, Tuesday, Nov. 6

290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building, the Maria & Dado Banatao Conference Room, UC Berkeley

In addition to his position at The Brookings Institution, Sandalow is chair of the Energy & Climate Working Group of the Clinton Global Initiative and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He has served as assistant secretary of state for Oceans, Environment & Science; senior director for Environmental Affairs at the National Security Council; associate director for the global environment at the White House Council on Environmental Quality; and executive vice president of the World Wildlife Fund-U.S. His opinion pieces and articles have appeared in major newspapers across the country, including The New York Times, Washington Post and Boston Globe.

Sandalow's talk is part of the CITRIS Distinguished Speaker Series, which brings in business, government and academic leaders to discuss how they approach societal-scale challenges in innovative ways. The monthly talks are webcast and open to the public. For a schedule of speakers, go to: http://www.citris-uc.org/events/citris_distinguished_speaker.