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Duquesne Research Group Issues Seven-Point Oil Security Plan

Duquesne University’s new Energy Policy Research Group today released The Program for Oil Security, a plan that puts forth seven key components to a realistic national energy plan.

The program results from seven months of discussions with oil specialists in both the private and public sectors. The recommendations will be distributed to policy makers in Washington, including the White House staff, the Dept. of Energy Secretary’s Advisory Board, the staff of the Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources, the Energy Information Agency and a bipartisan group of senators and members of Congress.

“We are at a critical juncture in U.S. energy concerns,” said Dr. Kent Moors, Duquesne political science professor and head of the Energy Policy Research Group. “The process is made all the more important because, as a nation, we do not have an overall, coordinated, prioritized energy policy.”

The program anticipates a long and difficult process in forging a national consensus on oil policy and priorities: “Regional, financial, industrial and political self-interests are deeply embedded in the energy debate. Some parts of the country benefit from the current state of affairs while most others are punished. We must balance priorities and interests, challenges to lifestyle and employment,” the program concludes.

“National security is not only about defending borders or assets against foreign attack. It also means protecting the American way of life, national employment prospects and the ability of workers to support families,” the program states.

“In this sense, deciding how we will met energy challenges is one of the most important national security debates this nation will ever have,” said Moors.

A summary of the seven-point plan and its findings is attached.
"The Program for Oil Security"
The program is designed to contribute to what Moors calls “a long overdue national dialogue about U.S. oil priorities.”

Duquesne University Energy Policy Research Group
Housed in the Graduate Center for Social and Public Policy at the university, this research unit regularly issues policy recommendations, serves as a primary outlet for public awareness on a broad range of critical energy topics, and includes academic, public and private sector specialists in a series of ongoing projects targeting major issues in energy policy.

Duquesne University

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