Seminar today to focus on energy, climate

Former congressman Phil Sharp to discuss coal, energy issues


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

Future seminars

Aug. 13: Paul Tagliabue, former NFL commissioner: "Sports and Drugs: The Evolving Playbook"

Aug. 20: Alice Rivlin, Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution and former vice-chairwoman of the Federal Reserve Board: "The Future of Capitalism"

— 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."


beentheredonethat 7 years, 8 months ago

i believe the most important reason to shift from fossil fuels to renewables is not because of climate warming, but because of our national security. until we can liberate ourselves from hostile petrol exporters who wish us harm, we will continue to be forced to "defend" our energy needs by going to war.


seeuski 7 years, 8 months ago

Obama Underwrites Offshore Drilling-Too bad it's not in U.S. waters.

Eventually those that always defend the man they voted for will come to realize that they have been had along with the rest of us.

Soros Active on Petrobras, Energy

This is the worst, most dishonest President this Country has ever had. Not just that the whole Cap and Tax thing is a lie but that the jobs that would be a huge benefit to the US economy are going to foreign countries and so much for the freedom from foreign oil dependence. So the only shift from fossil fuels will be the shift of our money to other countries so they can drill and make Soros and Obama rich.


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