TVW Video, Shai Agassi: “Transforming Transportation Globally”

Here is the link to video as aired on TVW of the September 5, 2008 luncheon keynote address by Better Place CEO and founder Shai Agassi at Cascadia Center’s “Beyond Oil: Transforming Transportation” conference held at Microsoft’s Redmond, Wash. campus. Agassi’s topic is electric vehicle systems development, renewable energy, and breaking dependence on foreign oil. He is introduced by Tom Alberg, of Madrona Venture Group.

To view, use link above or click on screen embed below. Background: “Driven: Shai Agassi’s Audacious Plan To Put Electric Cars On The Road,” Wired, 8/18/08.

Other TVW web video segments are linked below, under “More Sept. 5 ‘Beyond Oil’ Conference Video.”

For air times of Sept. 5 Beyond Oil segments (for September, 2008) go to TVW’s site, and click on “TV Schedule” in the upper left-hand corner.

Speaker PowerPoints and agenda here; media coverage here.

Cascadia Center thanks its “Beyond Oil” co-sponsors: Idaho National Laboratory; Microsoft; U.S. Department of Transportation; Washington State Department of Transportation; Puget Sound Clean Air Agency; and Pemco Insurance.

More Sept. 5 “Beyond Oil” Conference Video

The Road Ahead,” Rob Bernard, Microsoft’s Chief Environmental Strategist. Bernard is preceded by Don Foley with an update on national “X Prize” car rallies, King County Executive Ron Sims, and the Discovery Institute’s President Bruce Chapman with welcoming remarks.

The Case For Change: Transforming Transportation,” ex-CIA chief James Woolsey. Woolsey is introduced by U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, via video. After Woolsey’s presentation, Woolsey is joined by Chelsea Sexton of Plug In America and K.C. Golden of Climate Solutions for a discussion. This TVW segment ends with “The Case For Bi-Partisan Action,” by Peter Jackson of The Jackson Foundations.

Future Of Transportation, Funding and Climate Change.” Joining moderator Slade Gorton of the National Transportation Policy Project are Paul Brubaker of USDOT’s Research & Innovative Technology Administration, David Kaplan of V2Green, WSDOT Sec. Paula Hammond, Bill Rogers of Idaho National Laboratory, and Neil Schuster of the American Assn. of Motor Vehicles Administrators. The panel discussion is preceded by a presentation from Admiral Dennis Blair of Securing America’s Future Energy.

Powering The Carbon-free Grid: Sun, Wind, Water, Waves, Atoms And Conservation.” Panelists are: Jim Walker, American Wind Energy Assn.; Paul Genoa, Nuclear Energy Institute; Kevin Bannister, Oregon Wave Energy Trust; Rich Lauckhart, Ventyx Energy Advisors; Jim Piro, Portland General Electric.

Tom Alberg

Former Chairman of the Board, Discovery Institute, and Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group
Tom Alberg served as Discovery Institute's Chairman of the Board for over a decade and was crucial in its founding. Prior to co-founding Madrona Venture Group in 1995, Mr. Alberg served as President of LIN Broadcasting Corporation and Executive Vice President of McCaw Cellular Communications, Inc. He currently serves as a director for Madrona portfolio companies, including Impinj, and Wireless Services. In addition, he serves on the boards of two public technology companies, Advanced Digital Information Corporation and, located in the Northwest.