Global Conference 2011

For reasons of security, climate and economics, the world's dependence on a narrow range of fuels is not tenable in the long run. And yet, over the last hundred years, more than $100 trillion has been invested in the status quo - oil fields, pipelines, refineries, transportation hubs, and vast fleets of cars, trucks and airplanes. So rather than scrapping the world's highly resilient, extremely reliable energy infrastructure, can some of it be repurposed to deliver other fuels? Can natural gas, ethanol and electricity augment the system we've put in place without requiring everybody to trade in their cars or requiring industry to replace trillions of dollars worth of investment? This panel will investigate how the current system can be refocused (rather than be replaced) to accommodate the needs of the future.

Moderator

Joel Kurtzman

Senior Fellow; Executive Director, Center for a Sustainable Energy Future, Milken Institute

Speakers

Frances Arnold

Dick and Barbara Dickinson Professor of Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry, California Institute of Technology

Jeff Broin

Chairman and CEO, POET

Karen Alderman Harbert

President and CEO, Institute for 21st Century Energy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Steven (Mac) Heller

Executive Chairman, Coda Automotive

Ally LaTourelle

Director of Government Affairs, Bio-Amber Inc.


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