This video taken from Wonderfest 2008, Festival of Science poses the question “Does Civilization Have a Promising Energy Future?” to a series of speakers including the now US Secretary of Energy Steven Chu who moderates the panel. While there isn’t much new (at least for me) in this talk it is an excellent round up of the general issues facing energy and climate change today. In particular there are some good descriptions, including perhaps the best climate change metaphor I have heard to date (which I won’t spoil, watch the first 10 mins for it). So thank you Dr. Chu I think I will have to steal that one.
Steven Chu (mediator) – Nobel Laureate & Director, Lawrence Berkeley Lab
Dan Kammen (conservation) – Professor of Energy Resources, UC Berkeley
Mike McGehee (solar) – Assoc. Prof. of Materials Science & Engineering, Stanford,
Lynn Orr (carbon capture) – Professor of Petroleum Engineering, Stanford
Per Peterson (fission) – Professor of Nuclear Engineering, UC Berkeley