Petro Politics National Conference

Starting Date: 01-06-2004
Ending Date: 01-08-2004

Washington, District of Columbia
United States
A citizens conference for education and action on oil and its relationship to politics and power, the "National Summit on PetroPolitics" will focus in turn on each of the elements of the PetroPolitics debate: war/terror, poverty, environmental degradation, and corporate globalization.

The conference will bring together representatives of labor, the Global Justice movement, peace activists, environmental organizers, students and leaders from communities of color and faith to talk about the many ways in which our nation's dependence on oil impacts our lives, our economy, our foreign policy, and the environment.

Tuesday Jan 6th



Big Oil’s Role in the Political Process
Chuck Lewis, Center for Public Integrity
Celia Wexler, Common Cause
Steve Kretzmann, SEEN

11:30-1 Concurrent Sessions
A. Domestic Subsidies & the Energy Bill: Keith Ashdown, Taxpayers for Common Sense, Daniel Becker, Sierra Club, Jerry Taylor, CATO*, Faith Gemmill, Gwich’in Steering Committee
B. Understanding the Oil Industry: Fareed Mohamedi, PFC Energy, Gopal Dayanenni, Project Underground, Anita Dancs, National Priorities Project

1-2 Lunch

Big Oil, Globalization, and Development
Carol Ramirez Avellan (ADELA, Costa Rica)
Oronto Douglas, Environmental Rights Action, Nigeria
Keith Slack, Oxfam America

3:30 – 5:00 Concurrent Sessions
A. Countering the Resource Curse: Transparency & Revenue Management: Tom Palley, Open Society Institute, Ian Gary, Catholic Relief Services; David Ugolor, African Network for Environmental and Economic Justice
B. Oil, the Equator Principles, and Private Finance: Ilyse Hogue, Rainforest Action Network, Francis Grant-Suttie, World Wildlife Fund*
C. A Decade of Oil Campaigning – Has it Made a Difference? Andy Rowell, author, Green Backlash; Kenny Bruno, Earthrights International; Bennett Freeman, Burson Marsteller
D. Oil in our Communities: Henry Clark (Richmond CA)*, Susanna Almonzo (East Austin, TX)*, Gwen Lachelt, OGAP*

5:30 – 6:30 hors d’oeuvres and cash bar

6:30 – 7:30 Keynote: Vijay Vaitheeswaran, Environment & Energy Reporter, The Economist, author, Power to the People

Wednesday Jan 7th

Oil and War
General Joseph Hoar, USMC (ret.)* former Commander in Chief, US Central Command
Michael Klare, chair of the Five Colleges Program in Peace and Security Studies, FPIF board member and author, Resource Wars and the forthcoming Petropolitics
Medea Benjamin, Global Exchange
Rania Masri, Institute for Southern Studies

10:30-12:00 Concurrent Sessions
A. Oil & Human Rights: Folabi Olagbaju, Amnesty International, Arvind Ganesaan, Human Rights Watch*, Paulina Garzon, CESR*
B. Oil & National Security: Jim Paul, Global Policy Forum; Michael Renner, WorldWatch
C. Oil, Democracy, and Islam: Noah Feldman, New York University*
D. Iraq Reconstruction: Charlie Cray, Center for Corporate Policy; Jim Vallette, SEEN, Svetlana Tsalik, Iraq Revenue Watch*

12:00-1:00 Lunch

Working for our Future: Labor’s Perspectives on the Coming Energy Transition
Jim Pannell, Vice President, Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical, and Energy Workers International Union
Dave Foster, United Steelworkers of America
Gino Govender, International, Chemical, Energy & Mineworkers Union

Oil and Climate Change
Carl Pope, President, Sierra Club*
Eileen Claussen, Pew Center*
Adam Werbach, Apollo Alliance*

4:30 – 6:00 Concurrent Sessions
A. Local Action: Michael Tidwell, Chesapeake Climate Action Network; Jo Hamilton, Rising Tide UK
B. Kyoto and Beyond:
C. Just Transitions for Labor and Affected Communities: Jose Bravo, Just Transition Alliance,* Keith Romig, PACE*

6:00 – 7:00 Comedy in the Era of Bush
Bill Hartung, author How Much Are You Making on the War, Daddy? -- A Quick and Dirty Guide to War Profiteering in the Bush Administration

Thursday Jan 8th

Next Steps for a New Energy Deal
Reid Detchon, Energy Futures Coalition
Winona LaDuke, Honor the Earth
Ross Gelbspan, former Boston Globe reporter, author, The Heat Is On

Final Keynote, Bringing it all Together
Greg Palast, author, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy

* = invited
Geographical Scope: National

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