Posted by: bmeverett | October 23, 2011

Replacing oil

I was invited to speak at the New America Foundation last week at a conference on energy technology. Most of the participants were technologists who argued that oil could be easily replaced in our economy with “political will” and targeted government money. I took the view that (1) oil is not easy to replace and (2) we probably don’t want to replace it. You can see my talk and the follow-up at

(Please note that the video shows a bit of milling around at the beginning, but I am the first speaker, so be patient!)



  1. takes me to a talk by craig venter. is your talk available?


    • Sorry for the delay in replying to this question. The new America Foundation has reorganized the presentations from this conference. You can now find mine at

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