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The Future of Energy: Transitioning from Fossil Fuels to Renewables

Date:
Thursday, January 20, 2005
Time:
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Event Type:
Panel Discussion
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Location Details:
Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley.

Thursday, January 20, 2005
The Future of Energy: Transitioning from Fossil Fuels to Renewables
Join us for a panel discussion moderated by former PUC Commissioner Loretta Lynch, and featuring leading energy experts Rory Cox of Pacific Environment; Paul Fenn of Local Power; and David Room of Post Carbon Institute. Fossil fuels have been the defining commodity of the last 150 years of development, fueling everything from the Industrial Revolution to the Information Age. However, there are serious concerns about its future. Its extraction threatens ecosystems, and its projects often result in human rights violations. Burning it leads to air pollution and global warming. Wars are fought over it. And there are questions about how much of it is remaining. Closer to home, California is now considering importing liquid natural gas for the first time ever to fuel our energy needs. While governments and communities grapple with these questions, a quiet revolution is occurring in our energy grid. Energy from the wind, the sun, and other natural sources is being harnessed, in spite of a federal government that supports fossil fuels. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is saying publicly he plans to aggressively pursue renewable energy, as a majority of Californians say they support it. States like California and countries like China are making commitments to develop more solar, wind and other clean energy projects, following in the footsteps of Western Europe. But are these efforts enough to sustain our way of life? Are they being developed fast enough? What role can local communities play to accelerate clean energy development? How can community groups prepare for energy constrained future? Join us for a discussion of these issues that will define a way of life for generations to come. This is a benefit for the Post Carbon Institute.
Time: 7 pm - 9 pm.
Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley.
Cost: $5 to $15 Sliding Scale. No one turned away for lack of funds..
Info: 510-548-2220 x233.
Added to the calendar on Thu, Jan 20, 2005 12:01AM
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