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Conference proceedings are now available online, including videos, select presentations and photographs.

The U.S.-Canada energy relationship, the largest in the world, was the topic of a timely conference that Duke University hosted April 13, 2011, as part of its new Energy Initiative.  The conference, Hydropower, Pipelines, and Petroleum: The U.S.-Canada Energy Relationship, aimed to highlight the challenges and opportunities inherent in our continental energy alliance, and to explore ways we can work together to provide the energy we need while addressing environmental concerns.

A morning panel of senior Canadian and American executives from the oil sands, pipeline, hydroelectric, and shale gas sectors described their efforts to address both production challenges and environmental concerns in North American energy development.  An afternoon panel of think tank, public policy, academic, and NGO energy experts weighed the energy security benefits of the U.S.-Canada relationship against the environmental costs.  The keynote speech was presented by David Goldwyn, until January the U.S. State Department’s Special Envoy on International Energy Affairs, and a recognized expert on energy security issues.

The question the conference and this website hopes to spotlight is the following:  If two countries as close geographically, economically and historically as the United States and Canada can’t get the energy equation right, what hope is there for the rest of the world?

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A one-day conference organized by the Center for Canadian Studies at Duke University and the Canada Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars