Rollout of The GET at The Aspen Institute and
Center for American Progress

Robert A. Hefner III was in Washington, D.C. on February 24, 2009 for the launching of his new book “The GET Grand Energy Transition”. He attended two rollout events to discuss his book: the first event was hosted by the Aspen Strategy Group at The Aspen Institute (, followed by the second event hosted by the Center for American Progress (CAP) ( and by the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) ( which took place at CAP.

In his new book, The GET, Robert Hefner shows that civilization is experiencing the last stage of what history will record as a brief liquid energy transition between unsustainable, dirty, limited solid forms of energy to a future epoch of sustainable, clean, virtually limitless gaseous forms of energy. He believes this natural evolutionary energy transition reveals which energy sources and technologies are the most likely winners that will accelerate energy use toward a sustainable future. Hefner proposes policies that will level the economic playing field among competing energy sources and technologies, and work to accelerate the GET. He believes that by implementing policies that result in natural gas use for a major sector of our vehicle fleet as well as most new non-wind and solar produced electric power by 2020, America can accomplish many of its near and mid-term energy and environmental goals.

Introduction by:
John Podesta, President and Chief Executive Officer, Center for American Progress

Featured Author:
Robert Hefner, author, The GET

Moderated by:
Sharon Burke, Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security

Closing Remarks:
Kurt Campbell, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Center for a New American Security