With oil prices topping $60 a barrel and global demand for oil projected to increase in the coming years, can the United States maintain its standard of living, and its security, in the face of potential dangers to the world’s oil supply?

On the next America Abroad, “Running on Empty: America’s Energy Security,” we examine the sources of instability, the possible consequences of a disruption in America’s supply of oil, and the plausible alternatives to America’s dependence on foreign oil.

Join Ray Suarez and correspondents Garrick Utley, Marvin Kalb, Margaret Warner and Steve Roberts for this one-hour program, coming in mid-August.

Participants in the program include:

* James Woolsey, former CIA director
* Dr. Daniel Yergin, Chairman and Cofounder of Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA)
* Amb. James Akins (ret.), former US ambassador to Saudi Arabia
* Frank Jungers, former president of the Arabia American Oil Company (ARAMCO)
* James Schlesinger, former Secretary of Energy and Secretary of Defense
* David Goldwyn, President of Goldwyn International Strategies
* Dr. Gal Luft, Executive Director, Institute for Analysis of Global Security
* Lawrence Goldstein, President, PIRA Energy Grou
* Robbie Diamond, President, Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE)

A list of stations that have notified us of airtimes is listed below. Please check back frequently for updates; they are uploaded as soon as we receive them….

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[EB: From a press release:] As oil prices top $65 a barrel and Americans brace themselves for continued price hikes at the pump, leading energy experts and former high-level government officials discuss the nation’s precarious dependency on foreign oil in the face of ever-growing demand, terrorist threats and instability in the Middle East.

Running on Empty: America’s Energy Security is produced by America Abroad Media and anchored by veteran journalist Ray Suarez, with reports from correspondents Marvin Kalb, Steve Roberts, Garrick Utley and Margaret Warner. The one-hour international affairs program will begin airing on public radio stations nationwide on August 17, 2005 (check local listings at www.americaabroadmedia.org/).

“We import now 60 percent or so of our oil, whereas we imported about 30 percent back in the 1970s,” says former CIA Director James Woolsey. “You do have a sense of deja vu about some of this, but it’s a lot worse now.”

“The United States Congress just passed the first comprehensive energy bill in several years, and yet many critics argue that the bill did little to address the risks posed by America’s dependence on oil,” says Aaron Lobel, executive producer of the program and president of America Abroad Media.

Running on Empty: America’s Energy Security examines the history of America’s 140-year relationship with oil, how the United States responded to the 1973 oil embargo, and how to better protect our nation against another energy crisis.

America Abroad Media is a non-partisan, independent media organization dedicated to informing and educating the American people about international affairs and facilitating cross-cultural discussion about international issues and America’s role in the world. Founded in 2001, America Abroad Media productions include: America Abroad, an international affairs public radio program distributed in the United States by Public Radio International (PRI) and internationally by National Public Radio (NPR) Worldwide; AAM Television, which brings together students from America and around the world with senior policymakers and experts to discuss important issues in international affairs; and AAM YouthSPAN, a global videoconferencing project that facilitates thoughtful discussion and direct interaction between U.S. students and their counterparts around the world.