Peace and Environment Forum: What happened to Beyond Petroleum?

BP The next Peace and Environment Forum at Ancient Dragon Zen Gate will be Thursday, November 11, from 7:15 to 8:45 pm. Saman Sepehri will explore what happened to Beyond Petroleum.

British Petroleum promised to move Energy companies "Beyond Petroleum." The Obama administration has expressed concern about climate change and promised to make a transition to a green economy by changing energy policy and creating green jobs for the unemployed, and also introduced tougher 35 MPG fuel efficiency standards. Yet despite the visible influx of "hybrid" cars, there is still a push for more tar sands oil, coal, nuclear energy, and even more off-shore oil drilling, as highlighted by BP's oil disaster in the Gulf.

Are oil resources really dwindling? Is a real change in energy policy coming? What shape will it take? What repercussions will this have for US foreign policy and intervention in places like Iraq or Iran, or for US domestic policy? What can we do?

Saman Sepehri is an analytical chemist at Northwestern University. He was born and raised in Iran and has been active in solidarity movements with struggles for justice in Latin America and South Africa. He has been involved in anti-war work against the two US invasions in the Gulf, and most recently has been involved in the Iranian people's struggle for democracy. He has spoken and written on Iran, the Middle East, and US policy in the region, and also has written on US energy policy and ties between imperialism and energy, including the article, "Geopolitics of Oil."

Ancient Dragon Zen Gate is located at 1922 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago. The Ancient Dragon Zen Gate Peace and Environment Forum is held most months; check for schedule on Everyone is welcome, no pre-registration required, any donation accepted.