Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum


Susan Medler
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Author Jay Hakes discusses oil, politics and his new book,
A Declaration of Energy Independence, at Sept. 15 Book Events

INDEPENDENCE, MO-Jay Hakes, former director of the U.S. Energy Information Administration and current director of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, will discuss and sign his new book, A Declaration of Energy Independence, at two metro KC book events on Monday, September 15, 2008. These events are free and open to the public; copies of Hakes' book will be available for sale at both venues.

The first of the two events will be held at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence, Mo., from noon to 1:00 p.m. The public is invited to bring a sack lunch (beverages will be provided) and participate in an informal brown-bag session with Jay Hakes. Attendees are asked to use the Special Events Entrance on the east side of the complex.

A formal program and book signing will take place from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the MAG Auditorium of the Midwest Research Institute, located at 425 Volker Boulevard in Kansas City, Mo. Reservations are recommended for this program and may be made by calling the Truman Library's reservation line at (816) 268-8215 or emailing Reservations.Truman@nara.gov.

In response to the oil crises of the 1970s, America developed a bipartisan energy policy that made us safer, greener, and far less dependent on foreign oil-American oil imports dropped by 50 percent, and greenhouse gas emissions dropped nine percent in just five years. Can we do it again? A Declaration of Energy Independence answers many of the questions being pondered in advance of the 2008 presidential election: How can we break the links between oil consumption, terrorism, and the war in Iraq? Will it wreck our economy if we deal with the tough issues of energy? Which new technologies can help solve our current energy problems? What steps must our next president make?

In his review of Hakes' book, former President Jimmy Carter called Hakes "both a careful scholar and a realistic veteran of state and federal government…. Hakes has written an important book that provides workable solutions to our nation's energy problems."

Jay Hakes was the head of the Energy Information Administration at the U.S. Department of Energy from 1993 to 2000, overseeing America's official energy data collection and analysis. He has testified before congressional committees more than 25 times and has appeared in national print and electronic media on numerous occasions to discuss energy issues. Formerly a professor of political science at the University of New Orleans, he holds a Ph.D. from Duke University.

Hailed as home to America's "best presidential museum," the Truman Library is one of 12 presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. It is supported, in part, by the Harry S. Truman Library Institute, the not-for-profit partner of the Truman Library. The Institute seeks to promote, through educational and community programs, a greater appreciation and understanding of American politics, history and culture, the process of governance, and the importance of public service, as exemplified by Harry S. Truman. To learn more about the Truman Library and the Harry S. Truman Library Institute, visit www.trumanlibrary.org.

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