Journalist Lisa Margonelli, director of the Energy Policy Initiative at the New America Foundation in Washington D.C., spoke on “The Energy Revolution Will not be Tweetable: the Energy Puzzle in More than 140 Characters" during the Where On Earth Are We Going? symposium Nov. 5.Margonelli is the publisher of "The Energy Trap" and blogs frequently at "The Atlantic" web site. Her book "Oil On the Brain: Petroleum’s Long, Strange Trip to Your Tank" follows the oil supply chain from the gas station to oil fields around the world.
Margonelli spoke about the environmental, economic, political and moral price of gasoline. She advised the audience to seek opportunities for mini revolutions in technology, policy and behavior.
Paul Gunter, a lead spokesperson in nuclear reactor hazards and security concerns, spoke on “The Future of Nuclear Power Following the Fukushima Disaster.” Gunter acts as the regulatory watchdog over the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the nuclear power industry.
Gunter said the nuclear accident at Japan’s Fukushima Dai-Ichi atomic power plant has created significant radioactive and political fallout in the midst of what industry had been touting as a “nuclear renaissance” of new reactor development.
The annual event was sponsored by the Robert Schumann Lecture Series in the Environmental Studies Program. (Photos by Nick Lacy)