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Feb. 21: Peter Grossman on "The energy policy conundrum"

Prof. Peter Grossman, noted expert on the economics of energy, talks to the the Indiana Council on World Affairs "Great Decisions" program about energy and international security

When: Tuesday February 21 -- registration at 7:00, program runs 7:30-9:00 PM

Where: Butler University, Pharmacy Building

Energy supply and consumption have a significant impact on U.S. politics and economy. The U.S. is more than ever dependent on foreign energy supplies, which are coming at much higher prices. Is reliance on Middle East oil making the U.S. vulnerable to political influence and economic peril? Should the emphasis of U.S. policy be on finding new supplies, securing current sources or reducing its dependence on fossil fuels -- or are all three elements indispensable? How will the rapidly increasing consumption of energy by countries like China affect the U.S. and the world?

Peter Grossman is Efroymson Chair of Economics at Butler University. One of the brightest economists I know, Peter ought to provide much illumination for this crucial issue. The author of Introduction to Energy: Resources, Technology, and Society, Peter is more than an academic specialist on the politics and policy of energy: he often writes about energy and international security in his regular columns in the Indianapolis Star with articles such as "If you like pork, you'll love the new energy bill," "Politicians might as well do nothing about gas prices," and "Let Chinese buy Unocal; it won't hurt our oil supply."

You can attend other discussions of energy policy and global security on February 8 and April 26. The ICWA's Great Decisions series is free for students. For ICWA members, the series costs $9 for an individual and $14 for couples. For non-members it's $12 for individuals and $17 for a couple. Attending single sessions costs $5. You should get the book of eight fine articles that goes along with the series, it costs $12. Any questions? Contact Mitzi Graham 317-872-4004.

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