July Dinner 2018

       July 26, 2018   |   The Chophouse

 

 

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Is Renewable Energy “Good and Fossil Energy “Bad”?

  Scott W. Tinker
  July 26, 2018
 5:00pm - Check-in
5:30pm - Dinner served
6:00pm-7:00pm - Speaker Presentation

  The Chophouse (1735 19th St #100, Denver, CO 80202)
 Price - $55
 Online registration closes on Friday, July 20, 2018.

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Abstract: There is a narrative in the US and Western Europe that suggests renewable energy is clean, green and good, and fossil energy is dirty, black and bad. But is any form of energy, at scale, really good or bad, and is that even a useful construct when considering energy? That depends, of course, on what is meant by good and bad. If good means limited emissions at the generation source, then renewables, and nuclear, are good. On the other hand, if good means more land for nature, then the mining, manufacturing, capture and equipment disposal of intermittent, low-density renewables and associated backup batteries is not so good. Perhaps good means lifting humans from poverty and maintaining healthy economies to keep the workforce employed and allow for economic investment in the environment. In that case, good is any form of energy that is available, affordable, and reliable, such as coal and oil. But that is changing, slowly. The future energy mix will vary by geopolitical region and be driven by economics, resource availability, politics, technology, and sustainability.

About the speaker: Dr. Scott Tinker's passion—bringing academe, government, industry, and NGOs together to address major societal issues in energy, environment, and the economy—has led him to nearly 60 countries where he has presented 700 keynotes and invited lectures to government, industry, academia, and the public. Dr. Tinker is an AAPG Halbouty Leadership Medalist, GCAGS Boyd Medalist, a Fellow of the Geologic Society of America, and has been broadly awarded by AIPG, AGI, AAPG, and TIPRO for his successful efforts to engage the public in science.

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