Achieving Our Energy Goals: Alternative Transportation Fuels

February 6, 2009, Noon -1:30 p.m.
Room 202/203 Capitol Visitors Center, Senate Side


The transportation sector, which accounts for nearly 30 percent of U.S. energy consumption, has a significant role to play in achieving the dual goals of reducing the nation’s carbon footprint and increasing our energy security. Alternative fuels and fuel technologies will be an important part of the policy mix. This briefing provided an overview of alternative fuel options for passenger vehicles, exploring their advantages, disadvantages, and technological readiness, and also discussed policy instruments that could help the U.S. attain its energy goals.


The ACS Science & the Congress Project and SAE International.

Opening Remarks

Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM)


Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN)

Featured Speakers

James Smith
President, SAE International
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George Eads
Senior Consultant, CRA International
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Fred Mayes
Senior Technical Advisor, Energy Information Administration
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Kathryn Clay

Kathryn Clay
Director of Research, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
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Roland Hwang

Roland Hwang
Vehicles Policy Director, Natural Resources Defense Council
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