This talk will examine why the debate over climate change has become increasingly polarized. It will then examines the need to move towards increasing use of renewable energy, and the challenges this move poses. It will then consider a number of specific renewable energy technologies, including some particularly promising ones. Finally, it will examine the advantages of modular nuclear reactors and present the case that a policy based on clean energy rather than only renewable energy is the most defensible and affordable way to meet energy needs.
Robert Ehrlich is professor of physics at George Mason University and has chaired the physics & astronomy department there for many years. He earned a B.S. in Physics from Brooklyn College and a Ph. D. in experimental particle physics from Columbia University, where he worked on the Nobel Prize winning "two neutrino" experiment. He has authored or edited twenty books and close to 100 articles on a wide variety of topics, including particle physics, science education, physics & society, and energy & the environmental. Recently he has focused on energy production and use, particularly renewable energy. And, at GMU, he started and has been instrumental in developing a Renewable Energy undergraduate Minor and a graduate program in Energy & Sustainability. Currently, he is writing a textbook on renewable energy.
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