Dr. Robert Kaufmann Explores “Oil and the American Way of Life” on Wednesday, June 1 in Fermilab Colloquium Series on Energy Issues

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BATAVIA, Illinois — In the continuing Fermilab Colloquium series on world energy issues, Dr. Robert Kaufmann of the Center for Energy & Environmental Studies at Boston University will confront some disturbing answers to questions about oil consumption that American consumers would probably rather not ask. Dr. Kaufmann will present “Oil and the American Way of Life: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” on Wednesday, June 1 at 4:00 p.m. in Wilson Hall’s One West conference room at the Department of Energy’s Fermilab.

The talk, geared for general audiences, is free of charge and open to the public. Dr. Kaufmann will focus on how oil tilted from increasing supplies at low prices to decreasing supplies at higher prices, and how a dependence on inexpensive energy can threaten the health of the U.S. economy.

Dr. Kaufmann’s talk replaces the original presentation scheduled for June 1: “Out of Gas: The End of the Age of Oil,” by Dr. David Goodstein. However, Dr. Goodstein had to withdraw for health reasons. In next energy series installment, Dr. John Turner of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory will present “A Sustainable Hydrogen Economy,” on Wednesday, June 6.

All Fermilab Colloquium presentations are held on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. in One West, on the first floor of Wilson Hall, and usually last about an hour. Visitors may enter the Fermilab site by car at both the east and west entrances, at Batavia Road and Pine Street respectively. Visitors must present photo identification, such as a driver’s license, and state the purpose of their visit to security officers at the entrances. Site maps will be given to visitors to guide them to Wilson Hall, and roadways that are off limits to the public will be posted with signs.

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