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The King of Coal. Prince of Wind?

Thu, Jan 21 2010 - 6:00pm

The King of Coal

Dave Freudenthal, Governor, Wyoming

With America’s largest deposits of coal and uranium, Wyoming sends massive amounts of energy to California and the rest of the country. Governor Freudenthal is trying to chart a new path for an extraction state where half the people don’t believe global warming is real. He’s looking to cleaner ways of using coal and believes natural gas is a winner, for fueling transportation or generating electricity. Read more »

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Sun Up: Scaling Solar Power in California

Tue, Jan 12 2010 - 6:00pm

Sun Up: Scaling Solar Power in California

This program is sold out

Bob Epstein, Founder, Environmental Entrepreneurs
Mike Peevey, Chair, California Public Utilities Commission
Mike Splinter, CEO, Applied Materials
Nancy McFadden, Senior Vice President, PG&E

Solar power is surging in popularity as a renewable energy source, yet still remains a small part of California’s overall energy supply. Read more »

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James Lentz: The Future of Cars and the Auto Industry

Tue, Nov 17 2009 - 6:00pm

The Future of Cars and the Auto Industry

James Lentz, President/COO, Toyota, USA, Inc.

Toyota is known for creativity and a commitment to sustainable development, but is it enough in today's ultra-competitive globalized car industry? Come hear the unique perspective of industry veteran Lentz, who launched the innovative Scion brand in 2001, on what automakers are doing to ensure vehicles are a benefit, not a burden, to society and what future designs may be on the horizon. Read more »

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Saving Civilization Is not a Spectator Sport

Tue, Nov 10 2009 - 12:00pm

Saving Civilization Is Not a Spectator Sport

Lester Brown, President, Earth Policy Institute

Brown sees concern in the merging of world food and energy economies. Putting corn ethanol in gas tanks and grain-intensive food (beef) into more human bellies will drive up commodity prices and exacerbate fresh water scarcity. Though he believes the Earth is under stress, Brown is hopeful, in part because for the first time since the Industrial Revolution we have begun investing in energy sources that can last forever. Read more »

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Down to the Wire: Confronting Climate Collapse

Mon, Nov 9 2009 - 12:00pm

Down to the Wire: Confronting Climate Collapse 

David Orr, Professor, Environmental Studies and Politics, Oberlin College

Due to our refusal to live within the Earth’s natural limits, we now face a multitude of problems that will have a severe negative impact on human civilization. Orr, an expert on environmental literacy and ecological design, further argues that political negligence, an economy driven by insatiable consumption and a disregard for future generations are only adding to our plethora of environmental challenges. Read more »

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What's Science Got to Do with Climate Change?

Tue, Nov 3 2009 - 12:00pm

What’s Science Got to Do with Climate Change?

Stephen Schneider, Professor of Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, Stanford

Greg Dalton, Founder, Climate One

What risks does the changing climate pose to the global economy and how can we manage those risks? Rather than betting so much on a cap-and-trade regime for carbon pollution, Schneider says policymakers should fund more research to invent our way to a greener economy. Read more »

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A World Without Ice: Man's Impact on Climate Change

Tue, Oct 27 2009 - 12:00pm

A World Without Ice: Man’s Impact on Climate Change

Henry N. Pollack, Ph.D., Professor of Geophysics, University of Michigan

It has taken just three centuries for human growth and rising industrial economies to bring the delicate relationship between ice and humans to a dangerous precipice. Ice carved Earth’s landscape to its present state – the sharp Alpine peaks of Europe, the vast Great Lakes of North America, the majestic valleys of Yosemite National Park and the deeply incised fjords of Norway. Read more »

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Tim Flannery - Chairman of the Copenhagen Climate Council

Wed, Oct 21 2009 - 6:30pm

Tim Flannery

Chairman, Copenhagen Climate Council; Author, Now or Never: Why We Must Act Now to End Climate Change and Create a Sustainable Future

Greg Dalton, Founder, Climate One - Moderator

One of the world's leading scientists and notable climate experts offers a pragmatic roadmap of the environmental challenges we face in dealing with climate change and the potential solutions toward sustainable living. Read more »

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Lisa Jackson: EPA + YOU = Greener Future

Tue, Sep 29 2009 - 6:00pm

EPA + You = A Greener Future 

Lisa Jackson, Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

After winning higher auto fuel economy earlier this year, what are the EPA’s next big priorities? In her first visit to California as the country’s chief environmental regulator, Jackson will lay out her vision for cleaning up America’s air, water and land. What are her plans on toxics, mining and other hot-button issues? Read more »

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Arnold Schwarzenegger: California - Carbon = A Cleaner World?

Thu, Sep 24 2009 - 12:00pm

California - Carbon = A Cleaner World?

The Commonwealth Club Presents an Afternoon with the Governor 

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will soon convene a global summit of governors from developing countries to advance the transition to a clean-energy economy. Before that happens, he'll be here for a discussion of California's role managing greenhouse gases, promoting green jobs and developing clean technology. Join us at the intersection of policy, politics and carbon for a conversation with the governor. Read more »

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