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What You Need to Know About Energy is one in a series of informational booklets designed to engage readers in current topics in science, engineering, and medicine. Each booklet provides accurate information about a W H AT YO U N E E D T O K N O W A B O U T complex issue that affects us as individuals and as a nation. Sound knowledge about such issues is critical if citizens are to evaluate debates and make informed decisions in our increasingly technological world. National Academy of Sciences National Academy of Engineering Institute of Medicine National Research Council

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Board on Energy and Environmental Systems Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences National Research Council Douglas M. Chapin,* Chair, MPR Associates, Inc. Robert W. Fri, Vice Chair, Resources for the Future Rakesh Agrawal,* Purdue University Allen J. Bard,† University of Texas Andrew Brown, Jr.,* Delphi Corporation Marilyn Brown, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Georgia Institute of Technology Michael L. Corradini,* University of Wisconsin, Madison Paul A. DeCotis, State of New York, Office of the Governor E. Linn Draper, Jr.,* American Electric Power, Inc. Charles H. Goodman, Southern Company Services, Inc. (retired) David G. Hawkins, Natural Resources Defense Council James J. Markowsky,* American Electric Power Service Corporation (retired) David K. Owens, Edison Electric Institute William F. Powers,* Ford Motor Company (retired) Michael P. Ramage,* ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company (retired) Maxine L. Savitz,* Honeywell, Inc. (retired) Scott W. Tinker, University of Texas, Austin * Member, National Academy of Engineering. † Member, National Academy of Sciences.