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National Petroleum Council Biography

Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"

“Biofuels face technological and logistics challenges before becoming a more significant part of the U.S. transportation fuel mix. Still required are efficient and scalable conversion techniques for cellulosic materials such as switchgrass, corn stover, and
woody biomass; efficient transportation networks from field to plant; and ways to overcome watersupply shortages…

Some forecasters have expectations that renewable resources will be able to play a significant role in satisfying future energy demand. Others have a more pessimistic view and forecast that they will not make up even 2 percent of the total energy mix by 2030.”

“Hard Truths: Facing the Hard Truths about Energy,”, July 2007


“The National Petroleum Council (NPC), a federally chartered and privately funded advisory committee, was established by the Secretary of the Interior in 1946 at the request of President Harry S. Truman. In 1977, the U.S. Department of Energy was established and the NPC’s functions were transferred to the new Department…

The NPC is chartered by the Secretary of Energy, under the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972. The Council membership of approximately 175 persons is selected and appointed by the Secretary of Energy. Individual members serve without compensation as representatives of their industry or associated interests as a whole, not as representatives of their particular companies or affiliations.”

“National Petroleum Council Origin and Operations,” (accessed Oct. 20, 2008)


“The purpose of the NPC is solely to represent the views of the oil and natural gas industries in advising, informing, and making recommendations to the Secretary of Energy with respect to any matter relating to oil and natural gas, or to the oil and gas industries submitted to it or approved by the Secretary. The NPC does not concern itself with trade practices, nor does it engage in any of the usual trade association activities.”

“National Petroleum Council Origin and Operations,” (accessed Oct. 20, 2008)

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  1. What Are Fossil Fuels?
  2. Is Global Oil Production at (or Past) Its Peak?