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Panel Debate: Energy and Security – Is Decarbonisation Inevitable?

The LEGATUM INSTITUTE and the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy are pleased to invite you to their forthcoming panel discussion

Energy and Security

Is Decarbonisation Inevitable?

Thursday, 12th May, 2011


(18.00 Presentation and Discussion, 19.00 Reception)

Venue: Legatum Institute, 11 Charles Street, London W1J 5DW


An evening with

Rt Hon Malcolm Wicks MP
Member of Parliament for Croydon, former Minister of State for Energy

Dr Benny Peiser

Director, Global Warming Policy Foundation

Dr Petra Dolata-Kreutzkamp

Lecturer in International Politics, King’s College, London


The Western world’s dependence on oil from countries with unstable, undemocratic and unreliable regimes is a major security concern. As such it is often used as an argument for reducing the Western economies’ reliance on fossil fuels and for speeding up the process of decarbonisation in the West. But what are the alternatives to fossil fuels? Are renewables economically viable? And what role can shale gas play?

Rt Hon Malcolm Wicks MP is an MP (Labour) for Croydon and former Minister of State for Energy. He is also the Vice-President of Carers UK and the Alzheimer’s Society. In 1994 he successfully led his Private Member’s Bill to become the first piece of legislation to recognise in law the needs of family carers in the Carers (Recognition & Services) Act 1995. Malcolm was a member of the Social Security Select Committee from 1995-1997 before becoming Chair of the Education Select Committee 1998-1999.

Dr Benny Peiser is the Director of the Global Warming Policy Foundation, a non-partisan think tank and educational charity. He is the founder and editor of CCNet, the world’s leading climate policy network. Benny is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Buckingham. His research focuses on the effects of environmental change and catastrophic events on contemporary thought and societal evolution. A 10km-wide asteroid, Minor Planet (7107) Peiser, was named in his honour by the International Astronomical Union.

Dr Petra Dolata-Kreutzkamp is an area specialist (North America) with a background in both International History and International Relations. Before joining King’s she was assistant professor of North American History at the Freie Universität Berlin. She holds a Master degree and a PhD in International Relations from Ruhr-Universität Bochum. Her current research interests and recent publications include energy security and North America’s foreign energy policy. Her dissertation on US-German relations in the late 1950s was published in 2006 with Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften.


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