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Energy Engineering Distinguished Lecture: Daniel M. Kammen "An Energy Plan the Earth Can Live With"

Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 12:20pm to 1:10pm

Olin Hall, 165

Energy Engineering Seminar Series

Daniel M. Kammen
Director of Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL) / Professor in the Energy and Resources Group Energy and Resources Group (ERG) / Professor of Public Policy Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley

An Energy Plan the Earth Can Live With

ABSTRACT: The climate science, technology, and policy landscape we face today are hugely out of alignment.  While the climate science community has highlighted the critical need for immediate action towards a 1.5 degree C (or lower) global climate warming target, and while energy and transportation technologies are moving rapidly to enable that tremendously challenging goal, the US stands as the sole denier of a path that requires immediate action.  Both large infrastructure choices and immediate daily decisions are needed.  Sadly, every delay in moving the US to a productive, proactive position, makes achieving these goals less likely, or more costly, or both.  Immediate, pro-environment and pro-business decisions are needed at the household, state, regional, national and global levels to put us on a sustainable path.   I highlight a set of energy, transportation, and land-use modeling tools and policy opportunities that are consistent with the needed 1.5 degree Celsius objective.  The critical role of decision-making is highlighted through a series of technical, policy, and social justice opportunities.  Recent events including the rise of a populist “Green New Deal” ethos, congressional debate over carbon pricing, and the role of environmental justice will be highlighted as critical, potentially 'last best chance' opportunities for climate sanity and meaningful support of much needed action.

BIO: Dr. Daniel M. Kammenis a Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, with parallel appointments in the Energy and Resources Group where he serves as Chair, in the Goldman School of Public Policy where he directs the Center for Environmental Policy, and in the department of Nuclear Engineering.  Kammen is the founding director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL;  He was appointed by then Secretary of State Hilary Clinton in April 2010 as the first energy fellow of the Environment and Climate Partnership for the Americas (ECPA) initiative, and then served as Science Envoy for U. S. Secretary of State John Kerry.  Kammen has been a contributing lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change since 1999, which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.


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