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August 31, 2007

Diverse panel to discuss future of energy at Stanford Sept. 5

It's not every day that you get Amy Goodman, the producer and host of the independent broadcast program Democracy Now, and George Shultz, Ronald Reagan's Secretary of State, on the same stage.

But Goodman, a preeminent investigative journalist, will moderate a panel including Shultz and four other environmental and energy experts in the Sept. 5, Aurora Forum, "Clean, Secure, and Efficient Energy: Can We Have It All?" The public is invited to attend the event, which will run from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Memorial Auditorium at Stanford University.

The panel kicks off the annual conference of the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ), which continues on Sept. 6-9 and is open only to registered participants.

In addition to Shultz, the Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution, the other panelists are:

  • Sally Benson, executive director of the Global Climate and Energy Project at Stanford
  • Paul Ehrlich, the Bing Professor of Population Studies at Stanford
  • Fred Krupp, executive director of Environmental Defense
  • J.B. Straubel, chief technical officer of the electric car company, Tesla Motors Inc.
  • The discussion will cover whether the United States, faced with a wide range of options, is on the right track toward achieving a more environmentally sound, energy efficient future.

    Indeed, the race is on for commercialization of domestic fuels that shrink our carbon footprint, and change is in the wind: Utilities are revisiting solar and wind power. Oil companies are investigating biofuels, while some auto manufacturers are betting on fuel cells. Meanwhile, the government is rethinking nuclear power and considering ways to expand production of natural gas and "clean" coal. Others are calling for more resources for established conservation measures.

    In addition to questions from Goodman, the event will feature questions from journalists attending the SEJ conference.

    The event is free. Seating is limited so please arrive early. For information, contact (650) 725-5633 or visit



    Mark Gonnerman, (650) 723-5774 or

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