Running on Empty: America’s Energy Security

Running on Empty: America’s Energy Security

With oil prices topping $60 a barrel and global demand for oil projected to increase in the coming years, can the United States maintain its standard of living, and its security, in the face of potential dangers to the world's oil supply? America Abroad examines the sources of instability, the possible consequences of a disruption in America's supply of oil, and the plausible alternatives to American dependence on foreign oil. 

Guests on this program include:

  • Vijay Vaitheeswaran, global correspondent for The Economist
  • Daniel Yergin, Pulitzer Prize winning author for his work The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power
  • James Schlesinger, former Secretary of Defense and Energy in the Carter administration
  • Frank Jungers, former president and CEO of Aramco
  • James Akins, former US ambassador to Saudi Arabia
  • James Woolsey, former Director of Central Intelligence
  • David Goldwyn, former Assistant Secretary of Energy in the Clinton administration
  • Robert Bryce, author of Pipe Dreams: Greed, Ego, and the Death of Enron
Segment 1

Ray Suarez speaks with Vijay Vaitheeswaran of The Economist about the high price of oil and America's recent energy bill.

Segment 2

Marvin Kalb narrates an overview of America's growing dependence on oil.

Segment 3

Steve Roberts looks back at the 1973 oil crisis and the response from US policymakers.

Segment 4

Margaret Warner examines the possibility of a new oil crisis and the progress towards alternative fuel sources.

Segment 5

Garrick Utley and Glenn Mitchell co-host a special roundtable discussion about US energy policy, recorded in Dallas.