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Brown Bag Discussion: Venezuela, Heavy Oil, and a Renewable Energy Transition

November 2, 2011

IPS’s Sustainable Energy & Economy Network and the Embassy of Venezuela co-sponsor a timely discussion on steps Venezuela is taking to abolish fossil fuel dependency.

When: Monday, November 7, 2011, 12 PM – 1 PM
Where: IPS offices, 1112 16th St NW, Suite 600, Washington DC


Washington DC – The United States and Venezuela are both heavily dependent on fossil fuel exploitation, and both governments acknowledge that the reality of global warming means that change is needed. Public actions against building a pipeline across the US to bring tar sand oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico are set to take place in Washington, DC, on November 6th. In Venezuela, a country where oil production is the main economic driver, plans are being made to transition to a renewable energy economy.

IPS’ Sustainable Energy & Economy Network invites you to join a conversation with a Venezuelan energy policy and environmental science expert on lessons the US can learn from Venezuela’s experiences toward making a clean energy transition, the prospects of limiting heavy oil production, and global climate change leadership.

Speaker: Leopoldo Naranjo, Director of the Energy and Environment Research Program at the Advanced Research Institute, based in Caracas, Venezuela
Moderator: Janet Redman, Co-Director of the Sustainable Energy & Economy Network.

Press: No RSVP is needed for members of the press, but if additional information is desired, please contact Lacy MacAuley, Institute for Policy Studies, (202) 445-4692, lacy@ips-dc.org.
General Admission: Because space is limited please RSVP to netfa@ips-dc.org. Spanish-English translation will be provided