9/23: NEC w/SGE: Our Energy Future -The Intersect of Science, Economics, and Politics

  • 23 Sep 2010
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Chinatown Garden, 618 H St NW


Martin A. Apple
President, Council of Scientific Society Presidents

"Our Energy Future -The Intersect of Science, Economics, and Politics"

Dr. Apple will begin with a discussion of the ecological footprints of economic activity, including Earth’s million-year history of emitting Carbon into the air and why it has created a greenhouse warming effect.  He will also examine the growing impact of the current rise in atmospheric CO2 on climate instability.  Using informative graphs, Dr. Apple will then present the full picture of energy in the United States – where it comes from, how it is captured and used, and how it is lost.  He will explain that there are only four pathways forward that we have, and argue for what our best strategy would be.  Under his proposed strategy we would be able to pay for the transition to achieve GHG-free energy by the year 2030.  He will conclude with a broader discussion of the “intersect of science and politics,” and present an evidence-based roadmap for how we can lead large scale change. 

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