Forty years after the 1973 OPEC oil embargo, American interests remain linked to the Middle East through our dependence on oil. Recent events in Syria, Libya and elsewhere are clear reminders of how oil dependence threatens both America’s economic prosperity and its national security.

Tomorrow (Oct. 16) the 40th anniversary of the OPEC oil embargo will be featured throughout CNBC's news broadcasting as 'OPEC +40: A National Summit on Energy Security' from the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. The Summit will bring together nationally recognized business and political leaders to discuss the state of U.S. energy security and the most promising technological solutions to reduce U.S. oil dependence.

If you have the time it may be worthwhile to tune in because no matter where you stand you'd have to agree that they've got an impressive lineup scheduled...

Confirmed participants include:
Dr. Henry Kissinger, former National Security Advisor and Secretary of State
Madeleine K. Albright, former Secretary of State and Chair of the Albright Stonebridge Group
Leon E. Panetta, former Secretary of Defense, Director of Central Intelligence, and White House Chief of Staff
Dr. James R. Schlesinger, former Secretary of Defense, Secretary of Energy, and Director of Central Intelligence
Frederick W. Smith, Chairman, President and CEO of FedEx Corporation
Jeffrey R. Immelt, Chairman and CEO of General Electric Corporation
Daniel F. Akerson, Chairman and CEO of General Motors Corporation
T. Boone Pickens, Chairman of BP Capital Management
Seifi Ghasemi, Chairman and CEO of Rockwood Holdings, Inc.
Governor Michael R. Pence (R-IN)
Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ), former Senate Minority Whip
Carol M. Browner, former Director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy and Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
Thomas F “Mack” McLarty III, former White House Chief of Staff
Admiral Dennis Blair, former Director of National Intelligence and Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Command
General James Conway, former Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps
Gary Bauer, President of American Values and former Domestic Policy Advisor to the President
John Hannah, former National Security Advisor to the Vice President.

The event is produced by SAFE --Securing America’s Future Energy--to discuss the state of U.S. energy security and the most promising technological solutions to reduce U.S. oil dependence.

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