Posterminaries: Preferred Futures—and How Do We Get There From Here?

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2009-03-01
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King, Alexander
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Ames National Laboratory

Ames National Laboratory is a government-owned, contractor-operated national laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), operated by and located on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.

For more than 70 years, the Ames National Laboratory has successfully partnered with Iowa State University, and is unique among the 17 DOE laboratories in that it is physically located on the campus of a major research university. Many of the scientists and administrators at the Laboratory also hold faculty positions at the University and the Laboratory has access to both undergraduate and graduate student talent.

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The last several months have seen new attention being paid to alternative sources of energy, and to the area of energy efficiency in general. You can choose your own reason for taking an interest: reversing global warming, peak oil theory, escaping from OPEC’s control of prices, stopping the flow of oil revenues to terrorist organizations, creating new jobs, or more parochially just generating more funding for research. These are all good reasons, and while some of them appeal to certain people more than others, there are now few people living in developed countries who deny the need to move away from dependence on oil, if not all fossil fuels.

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