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The Future of Energy
January 1, 2005 @ 12:00 am - May 31, 2005 @ 11:59 am
The Future of Energy
February 8: The Status of Current Sources of Energy
Matthew Simmons, Chairman of Simmons & Company International, will discuss what is in store for the United States as the world’s largest consumer of hydrocarbons. Domestic sources of carbon fuel, except for coal, are drying up, and coal is perceived as a dirty fuel, although recent technological developments show potential. The world’s new sources of oil and natural gas are located in politically volatile areas, and demand from China is rapidly expanding.
February 15: U.S. Energy Self-Sufficiency—Myths and Realities
Amy Myers Jaffe is the Wallace Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University and associate director of the Rice University energy program. She will discuss the question: “Is ‘energy self-sufficiency’ a myth, or is it the only hope for the future?” Many policy makers are placing faith in alternative sources of energy, such as wind-power and solar electrical generation. At present, these sources provide only a tiny percentage of U.S. demand.