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The GET: Grand Energy Transition, A Book Launch for Robert Hefner

Feb 24, 2009
3:00pm to 4:30pm ET

Center for American Progress
Washington, DC

The GET: Global Energy Transition
by Robert Hefner



John Podesta
President and Chief Executive Officer, Center for American Progress


Robert Hefner,
Author, The GET


Sharon Burke
Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security


Kurt Campbell
Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Center for a New American Security

In his new book, The GET, Robert Hefner shows that civilization is experiencing the last stage of what history will record as a brief liquid energy transition between unsustainable, dirty, limited solid forms of energy to a future epoch of sustainable, clean, virtually limitless gaseous forms of energy. He believes this natural evolutionary energy transition reveals which energy sources and technologies are the most likely winners that will accelerate energy use toward a sustainable future. Hefner proposes policies that will level the economic playing field among competing energy sources and technologies, and work to accelerate the GET. He believes that by implementing policies that result in natural gas use for a major sector of our vehicle fleet as well as most non-wind and solar produced electric power by 2020, America can accomplish many of its near and mid-term energy and environmental goals.