Friday, July 2, 2010

Major Western Hemisphere Roundtable of Experts Comes to Denver in July: "Designing Answers for Today's Challenges" is Topic of Discussion

Political and business leaders from around the Western Hemisphere will gather in Denver in late July to discuss energy production issues. The gathering, which will be part of the month-long 2010 Biennial of the Americas, will feature Colombian Ambassador to the U.S. Carolina Barco Vice President of Ecuador Lenin Voltaire Moreno Garces, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation Ray LaHood, and former U.S. Secretray of Energy Federico Pena among others.

According to the organizers of the roundtable:
Of the many ties that could bind the Western Hemisphere together more closely, energy production surely is one of them. The Hemisphere has tremendous resources. Canada, Mexico, and Venezuela supply the U.S. with more than 40% of its crude oil. The U.S. and Colombia are among the top coal producers in the world, and Brazil is the world leader in producing and using ethanol as a transportation fuel. In the context of energy, however, the link between fossil fuel use and CO2 levels in the atmosphere is unquestionable. With little dispute, scientists believe that CO2 and other heat-trapping gases are influencing the climate. How might design be used to address the energy and climate change problems facing us therefore? Design levers likely include energy efficiency, renewable energy technology, markets, the use of natural gas, and reforestation, among others.
More information about the Energy Roundtable, including how to order tickets, is available by clicking here.

Denver is a center for energy development in the western U.S., and the Sturm College of Law has one of the nation's most complete energy law programs.

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