30 Issues (Wiki): Drill Baby Drill? Oil vs. Alternative Energy

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John Raymond Takacs and Greg Melville kick off the discussion with tales from their "on the street" visions of energy independence. John Takacs is the author of The Take-Us, a novel about the inventor of a self-powered car and Greg Melville's new non-fiction book is Greasy Rider: Two Dudes, One Fry-Oil-Powered Car, and a Cross-Country Search for a Greener Future (Algonquin Books, 2008).

Antonia Juhasz, fellow with Oil Change International and the Institute for Policy Studies and the author of The Tyranny of Oil: The World's Most Powerful Industry--and What We Must Do to Stop It (William Morrow, 2008) and David Kreutzer, Ph.D., senior policy analyst in energy economics and climate change at the Heritage Foundation, debate how to achieve energy independence and review where the candidates stand.

Klaus Lackner, director of the Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy at the Earth Institute of Columbia University, looks at the role of nuclear power in achieving energy independence and freedom from carbon-based fuels.