David Freeman is the former State of California Energy Czar who saved California from the Enron-generated power crisis. He was the head of the Los Angeles DWP, the TVA, New York Power and is considered the country’s leading authority on energy use. Flynt Leverett served on the National Security Council as a Middle East expert. He is currently Director of the Geopolitics of Energy Initiative at the New America Foundation, where he is the head of a global energy security task force looking into the future of “peak oil”.
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