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Season 2006 Episode 0818

Oil, Climate Change, and Security

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Oil, Climate Change, and Security
When President Bush said in his State of the Union Address that the U.S. is "addicted to oil," energy issues came to the forefront of the American consciousness. And thanks to increasing attention to climate change, such as the Time cover story Be Worried. Be VERY Worried, Americans are increasingly aware of global warming. This has spurred widespread and accessible dialogue on the state of our energy and environmental policies, one that used to take place among a highly specialized group using complex and technical language. More than ever, energy and environmental policy is a highly public and nonpartisan issue.Americans for Informed Democracy hosted a young global leaders summit in New York City on August 18th entitled Oil, Climate Change, and Security. At the conference, participants heard from top experts and discussed in breakout sessions our energy and environmental future. The conference brought together talented young professionals and students from across the world and across the political spectrum and served as a convening body for this diverse group of young leaders to think long-term about how their generation can deal effectively with international energy security and global warming. The conference is co-sponsored by Americans for Informed Democracy and the Natural Resources Defense Council.Americans for Informed Democracy (AID) is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization working to raise global awareness and civic participation through town hall forums and conferences focused on the U.S. role in the world. Through these efforts, AID seeks to build a new generation of globally conscious leaders who can shape an American foreign policy appropriate for our increasingly interdependent world. AID will hold more than one hundred fifty Securing the Future town-hall meetings and two international videoconferences in 2006 on the changing global environment.moreless

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