What Will Turn Us On in 2030?

Competing With Fossil Fuels to Power the Future

Billions of dollars each year are poured into the development of solar, nuclear, biological, and other energies to substitute for fossil fuels. But so far, issues of cost, efficiency, and scalability call into question the arrival of the next era of energy. Can any alternative sources become viably competitive with fossil fuels? What can we – as individuals, businesses, and governments – do to accelerate the rise of clean energy?

Selected videos are available above and at right; the full day's recordings will be posted here as they become available.

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Agenda

9:00 a.m. – Welcoming Remarks

Steve LeVine, @stevelevine
Bernard L. Schwartz Fellow, New America Foundation
Author, "The Oil and the Glory" blog, Foreign Policy

9:05 a.m. - Oil: Innocent Until Proven Guilty

Bruce Everett
International Business Professor, Fletcher School, Tufts University
Downstream Government Relations Manager, ExxonMobil (1999-2002)

Moderator
Steve Coll, @newamerica
President, New America Foundation

9:30 a.m. – When Will the Age of Big Oil End?

Lissa Morgenthaler-Jones
CEO, LiveFuels

Peter Diamandis, @PeterDiamandis
Chairman and CEO, X-PRIZE Foundation

Anthony Tether
Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (2001-2009)

Moderator
Paul Roberts
Author, The End of Oil

10:20 a.m. – Video: Does Alternative Energy Have Street Cred?

10:25 a.m. – What Will Drive us in 2030? (Hint: The Consumer is Always…)

Donald Paul
Executive Director, USC Energy Institute
Chief Technology Officer, Chevron (retired 2008)

Oliver Kuttner, @verylightcar
Founder and CEO, Edison2

Johan de Nysschen, @audi
President, Audi of America

Moderator
Dan Neil, @Danneilwsj
Auto Columnist, Wall Street Journal

11:15 a.m. – Presentation: Why Batteries

Jeffrey Chamberlain
Energy Storage Initiative Leader, Argonne National Laboratory

11:25 a.m. – The Geopolitics of Energy

Edward Chow
Senior Fellow, Energy and National Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Jeffrey Chamberlain, @argonne
Energy Storage Initiative Leader, Argonne National Laboratory

Steve LeVine, @stevelevine
Bernard L. Schwartz Fellow, New America Foundation
Author, "The Oil and the Glory" blog, Foreign Policy

Moderator
Susan Glasser, @FP_Magazine
Editor in Chief, Foreign Policy

12:15 p.m. – Lunch Break

12:30 p.m. – Video: Why Nuclear

Nathan Myhrvold, @ivinvents
Co-founder, Intellectual Ventures
Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft (1991-1999)

12:35 p.m. – Keynote Conversation: Time to Roll the Dice

Craig Venter, @JCVenter
Founder, Chairman and President, J. Craig Venter Institute

Moderator
Steve Coll,
President, New America Foundation

1:30 p.m. – Video: Why Biofuels

Wim Vermaas, @ASUgreen
Professor, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University

1:35 p.m. – Going Off Campus: The Challenge of Scaling Up Cool Lab Toys

Daniel Betts
Executive Director, EnerFuel, Inc.

Tom Hicks, @USNavy
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy, U.S. Navy

Wim Vermaas, @ASUgreen
Professor, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University

Moderator
Bryan Walsh, @bryanrwalsh
Energy Writer, TIME

2:25 p.m. – The View from Wall Street

Paul Sankey, @Deutsche_News
Oil Analyst, Deutsche Bank

Moderator
Annie Lowrey, @AnnieLowrey
Economy and Business Reporter, Slate

2:45 p.m. – Coffee Break

2:55 p.m. – Video: Why Solar

Gary Dirks
Director of LightWorks, Arizona State University

3:00 p.m. – The Visible Hand: Government's Role in Powering the Future

Steven E. Koonin, @ENERGY
Under Secretary for Science, U.S. Department of Energy

Michael Levi, @levi_m
Director, Program on Energy Security and Climate Change, Council on Foreign Relations

Lisa Margonelli, @TheEnergyTrap
Energy Initiative Director, New America Foundation
Author, Oil on the Brain: Petroleum's Long, Strange Trip to Your Tank

Moderator
David Biello, @dbiello
Environment and Energy Editor, Scientific American

4:00 p.m. – Video: Everything You Heard Here Today Could Be Wrong

Parag Khanna, @paragkhanna
Senior Research Fellow, New America Foundation
Author, How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance

4:10 p.m. – Where Will We Really Be in 2030?

Maggie Koerth-Baker, @maggiekb1
Science Editor, Boingboing.net
Author, Before the Lights Go Out: Conquering the Energy Crisis Before it Conquers Us (March 2012)

Event Time and Location

Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 9:00am - 5:00pm
New America Foundation
1899 L Street NW Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

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Video Clips

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Why Solar?
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Why Biofuels?
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Why Nuclear?