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photoImagine if there was an energy independence plan that could galvanize the nation the way Sputnik once did. It could bring Americans back into the sciences and give a strong jolt to the U.S. economy while helping the environment and disentangling the country from the Mideast.

Some of the nation's leading thinkers in science, education, business and energy policy have taken some leaps of faith, peered far into the future, and considered if, with some serious shaking up of the status quo, there may be a way to bring Americans back into the sciences and achieve energy independence.

Tune in to hear their thoughts on the plausibility of mobilizing America around energy independence.

Guests:

Amory Lovins, chief executive and founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute, an energy-policy think tank, author and co-author of more than 30 books. His new book is "Winning the Oil End Game," funded in part by the Pentagon;

Leon Lederman, 1988 winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics, former director of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and former President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science;

Paul Gompers, professor of business administration and director of research at Harvard Business School, co-author of The Money of Invention: How Venture Capital Creates New Wealth and The Venture Capital Cycle.

This program aired on December 16, 2004.

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