A Cubic Mile of Oil: Lets Get Real About Energy

Wednesday 08 July, 2015
11am - 12pm, $0/Rsvp

Columbia University, Mudd Buildin
500 West 120 Street, Room 833

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The Earth Institute's Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy and the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering present "A Cubic Mile of Oil: Lets Get Real About Energy."  This seminar will include discussion from Ripudaman Malhotra, co-author of A Cubic Mile of Oil.  The book is a call for an informed public debate on energy, arguably the biggest challenge we face.  It is a citizens guide to energy, aiming to make all the technical discussion accessible and relatable.  It uses a simple visual measure, a cubic mile of oil (CMO), as the metric for comparing all global energy flows.  As we look for alternate greener ways of producing energy it is vital we get the scale of our solutions commensurate with the magnitude of the challenge.  The debate about energy supply has often been portrayed as a tension between the moral imperative of protecting the environment or preserving the economic interns of the energy industry.  This will explore the challenge that we face in balancing the tension between protecting the environment and the moral imperative of providing adequate affordable energy to people around the earth.

Ripudaman Malhotra, Associate Director of the Energy and Environment Center at SRI International, received his PhD. In Chemistry from the University of Southern California in 1979.  He is co-author of A Cubic Mile of Oil: The Looming Energy Crisis and Options for Averting It. Dr. Malhotra was named an SRI Fellow in 2005, and in 2015 he was awarded the Henry H. Storch in Fuel Science from ACS Division of ENFL.

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