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Duquesne Launches New Energy Policy Research Unit

The dramatic rise of oil and natural gas prices, increasing concerns over energy security and availability, and the demands placed upon government decision makers to deal with them, have resulted in a new research unit at Duquesne University.

The Energy Policy Research Group (EPRG), housed in the Graduate Center for Social and Public Policy at the university, will regularly issue policy recommendations and serve as a primary outlet for public awareness on a broad range of critical energy topics.

 Directed by Dr. Kent Moors, a political science professor in the Policy Center and an internationally recognized authority on oil and natural gas issues, EPRG will include academic, public and private sector specialists in a series of ongoing projects targeting major issues in energy policy. 

“There are a number of immediate policy recommendations we will be making in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita,” Moors said.

Foremost among these initial recommendations will be a seven-point Program for Oil Security to be presented to the Bush administration and released to the public later this week.

 “Primary national security considerations include where we get our energy, how much we pay for it and who controls it,” Moors said, adding that the approach needs to reflect a serious collaborative effort among governments, industry and consumers. “As energy prices increase, the problem is not only the cost of gasoline. Unless we have an integrated energy policy, we will experience the loss of employment and a decline in American living standards. And that is about as basic a national security consideration as the physical defense of our borders.”

 Editor’s Note: Dr. Kent Moors serves as the spokesperson for EPRG activities and is available for media interviews and issue discussions. To reach Dr. Moors, please contact Duquesne’s Public Affairs.

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