ALTERNATIVE ENERGY: Jumpstarting the Americas


Chair Harley Shaiken describes the “Alternative Energy and the Americas” conference, held by CLAS in Detroit this past September, and its importance at this time of rapid economic and technological change.

At first glance, Detroit seems an unlikely place to learn about the potential of renewable energy to transform the Americas. Yet some of the most exciting work on renewable energy anywhere — from pioneering research to advanced production — is taking place on the outskirts of the Motor City. Alternative energy technologies developed here could help jumpstart sustainable economic growth for Latin America and the United States as economies worldwide continue to slide into tough economic times.

Publication date: 
August 21, 2008
Publication type: 
Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies Article