The Energy and Climate Challenge Fall 2008 Series

This series of lectures and panel discussions will be held on CU-Boulder campus to examine the challenge of meeting rapidly rising global energy demand. The series is intended to foster discussion and debate on these issues to coincide with the 2008 presidential campaign.

The series is cosponsored by the CIRES Center for Science and Technology Policy Research and the CU Renewable and Sustainable Energy Initiative.

Energy and Climate Challenge Series

Tuesday, September 16
7:00 - 9:00 pm
CU-Boulder, Humanities 1B50
Have We Underestimated the Size of the Challenge?

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  • Roger Pielke, Jr., CIRES Center for Science and Technology Policy Research
  • Tom Wigley, National Center for Atmospheric Research
  • Frank Laird, Graduate School of International Studies, University of Denver
  • Moderator: Carl Koval, CU Renewable and Sustainable Energy Initiative


Thursday, October 30
7:00 - 9:00 pm
CU-Boulder, Humanities 150
Do We Need a "Manhattan/Apollo Project" To Solve the Energy/Climate Problem?
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Abstract: Addressing climate change will require dramatic reductions in anthropogenic carbon emissions. Will greater use of today's energy technologies take us to climate stabilization, or do we need a large-scale investment in new energy research and development on the order of the Manhattan Project that developed the atomic bomb in WWII and the Apollo Project that sent a man to the moon?


  • Rad Byerly, Jr., Center for Science and Technology Policy Research
  • Craig Cox, Interwest Energy Alliance
  • Pete Geddes, Foundation for Research on Economics & the Environment
  • Chuck Kutscher, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Gregory F. Nemet, La Follette School of Public Affairs and Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies University of Wisconsin
  • Moderator: Paul Komor, CU Renewable and Sustainable Energy Initiative


Monday, November 17
8:30 - 10:30 am
CU-Boulder, UMC 235
Policy Advice for the New President
by Daniel Kammen, Distinguished Professor of Energy at University of California-Berkeley

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This talk will be followed by a panel discussion including Tom Weimer, Minority Staff Director for the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, Jean Fruci, Staff Director, Subcommittee on Energy and Environment, House Committee on Science and Technology; and Michael Rodemeyer, Independent Consultant and Lecturer, University of Virginia; former Assistant Director for Environment in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President in the Clinton administration, and former Chief Democratic Counsel for the U.S. Congress House Committee on Science and Technology. The keynote address and panel discussion open a day-long research symposium on energy and climate. Click here for more information on the symposium.