Changing Energy Policy to Benefit the Environment and Human Health

Prof. Daniel M. Kammen, PhD
Tuesday, October 18, 2005 - 12:15pm to 1:30pm

St. Paul Student Center


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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. 

Prof. Daniel M. Kammen

Daniel M. Kammen holds multiple appointments at Berkeley. He is a professor in the Energy and Resources Group, professor in the Goldman School of Public Policy, and professor of Nuclear Engineering. Kammen is also the founding director the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL). His work focuses on the science and policy of clean, renewable energy systems, energy efficiency, the role of energy in national energy policy, international climate debates, and the use and impacts of energy sources and technologies on development, particularly in Africa and Latin America.