William Hogan: On Geography and Energy


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Harvard Kennedy School’s William Hogan recently spoke to us about the intersection between geography and energy.  Hogan points to a variety of examples, including war in the Middle East increasing oil prices around the world and natural disasters in Japan causing Germany to reverse its energy policy.  On energy independence, Hogan says it is not within our reach and “probably wouldn’t be attractive if we were able to achieve it.”  He instead advises us to diversify and develop alternative supplies in order to engage in world trade.

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