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Energy use is the primary driver of local and global environmental change. It is also a leading cause of human disease. Yet current patterns of energy use are widely seen as extremely difficult to alter significantly. In this talk Prof. Kammen examined the basis for this view of energy "stasis." He argued that far from being a "supertanker" unable to alter course, the energy industry is highly capable of change. Indeed, relatively simple policy changes may go a long way. The needed catalyst for progress may simply be our interest in changing the status quo.