If you go
What: Seminars at Steamboat talk, "Energy and Climate Policy: The Heat Is Rising in Washington about What to Do"
When: 5 to 6:30 p.m. today
Where: Strings Music Pavilion, Pine Grove and Mount Werner roads
Cost: Free, donations accepted at the door
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Steamboat Springs Phil Sharp plans to start his talk today by running through some governmental twists and turns.
Sharp, a former U.S. representative from Indiana, is president of Resources for the Future, a nonpartisan Washington think tank devoted to energy and environmental policy analysis. He's scheduled to speak today as part of the annual Seminars at Steamboat lecture series. Sharp said he'd start by explaining how government policy is made and changed.
"We have this major move to remake American energy policy to deal with the climate issues that's under way in Washington right now," he said.
No one is sure what the answer is or how the discussion will play out, Sharp said. He plans to offer his predictions today.
"There is a consensus that something has to be done about the interaction of energy and climate," Sharp said in a news release, "but we don't know how to get there yet. There are a lot of serious cost, technical and other questions that need to be worked out."
Jane Stein, a board member and a founder of the Seminars at Steamboat series, said alternative energy sources also would be part of Sharp's talk. He was flying into Steamboat on Wednesday and could be reached by phone only briefly. Seminars at Steamboat chose Sharp because of the relevance of the energy topic, Stein said.
She said Sharp told her that the future of energy probably would include a combination of alternative and traditional energy. People will have to make technology-related choices about energy use.
"It's a real long-term commitment to deal with these issues, and I think that's what he's going to focus on is some of the options that have been proposed and what's the likely outcome in Congress," Stein said.
Sharp also will talk about coal, "something that is near and dear to our environment," she said.
In the news release, Sharp said he'd talk about how to better use coal.
"We need to become more efficient in burning and removing carbon from it," he said. "All carbon molecules aren't dangerous, but too many of them are."