Tipping Point: The Confluence of Energy, Emissions, the Economy and Exponential Growth
Tuesday September 14th
Room 417 Schermerhorn Hall
Summary: The Deepwater Horizon blowout in the Gulf of Mexico encapsulates the energy dilemma the world now faces. Why are the oil companies drilling at the far edges of technology, beneath a mile of water and 3 miles of earth in the first place? What risks are we willing to take on to keep the oil flowing? Fossil fuel consumption drove economic prosperity for the past 150 years. But now, it is clear that future oil and gas supplies will be neither cheap nor easy to bring to market, and that the new supply comes with large environmental, financial and geopolitical risks. Yet there is no “plug-and-play” Plan B waiting to seamlessly power the current enterprise. Therefore, we are entering a period of great uncertainty, volatility, rapid flux and adaptation. The impact of the Energy Transition on the global economy and the planet’s climate will be significant. It will have far-reaching consequences in all sectors of society and will play a significant role in the lives of today’s students.
Sally Odland, a former geologist, project manager and small business owner has worked in mineral exploration, oil & gas exploration, and environmental remediation. She currently administers the Marine Geology and Geophysics division, a division of research geophysicists, at Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. Sally holds advanced degrees in Geology and Business Administration. Her MBA dissertation “Strategic Choices for Managing the Transition from Peak Oil to a Reduced Petroleum Economy” is posted at www.ldeo.columbia.edu/~odland/. Sally is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas.
Future talks are scheduled for Tuesdays from 12:15-1:00pm in Room 417 Schermerhorn Hall. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch.
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