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Image RemovedGet set for a star-studded line-up of speakers and four days of hard-hitting analysis and discussion at the 2011 ASPO-USA Conference, Peak Oil, Energy & the Economy, November 2-5 in Washington, DC. The conference is again being held at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill Hotel, but there will be an extra twist this year. The morning session on Thursday, November 3rd will be held in the Congressional Auditorium at the U.S. Capitol building, to help elevate the issue for policymakers and give Congressional staff the opportunity to learn about Peak Oil and its consequences from a panel of leading experts. Also, on Wednesday, November 2nd, attendees will have the opportunity to visit Congressional offices and meet with Senate and House staffers.

Featuring speakers such as William R. Catton Jr, Richard Heinberg, Chris Skrebowski, Jeff Rubin, Chris Martenson and others, the Thursday morning session will present an up-to-date synopsis of oil and other energy trends, economic implications, and near-term and long-term responses to Peak Oil and resource depletion. The program will include discussion of appropriate actions that government can take, focusing in part on ASPO-USA’s proposal for a National Oil Emergency Response Plan.

Consistent with ASPO-USA’s tradition of promoting open dialogue about Peak Oil and energy issues, the proposal for a national plan does not prescribe specific solutions, but would direct government agencies—working with businesses, communities, and citizens—to initiate and help lead a comprehensive assessment of the implications of an oil supply crisis and potential responses. This effort would examine in-depth the impacts on specific areas of national concern—including economic competitiveness, finance, employment, national security and defense, transportation, housing, and others.

On Wednesday, November 3rd, attendees themselves will have the opportunity to discuss the issue and the proposal for a national plan directly with Congressional staff. Teams of attendees will have a schedule of meetings with different Congressional offices—focusing on certain target offices as well as their respective home state Senators and Representatives.