The United States and Germany must both confront the global implications of a rising global population and increasing urbanization. Finding an approach to powering our societies that reduces our reliance on fossil fuels will be imperative, as the need for global transport and other energy-intensive uses will continue to increase in the coming decades. However, the prospects for alternatives to oil and electrification are far from certain. Despite the U.S.’ abundant natural gas, the U.S. and Europe must continue to contend with an oil-based infrastructure.
Some cities and regions are already undertaking new initiatives and strategies to cope with these twenty-first century challenges. Smarter city planning and transportation networks, technological innovation, and the development of regional carbon markets are all important steps in determining how to create a post-carbon society.
AICGS’ project on “The Geopolitics of Energy” addresses these and other issues pertaining to transatlantic energy security. This Policy Report offers German and American perspectives on the emerging fuel challenges in the transportation sector, and the potential for “post-carbon” cities. It is an example of AICGS’ commitment to comparing and contrasting the interests and policies of Germany and the United States in an effort to identify common policy challenges, choices, and opportunities.
Made possible by the support of Daimler