On Monday, February 11, 2008, I attended the Institute for Emerging Issues Forum (http://www.ncsu.edu/iei/) titled North Carolina’s Energy Futures: Realizing a State of Opportunity. The forum was held at the McKimmon Center with a solid speaker line-up. The forum was kicked off by former North Carolina Governor, James B. Hunt, Jr., NCSU Chancellor James Oblinger, and Institute for Emerging Issues Director, Anita Brown-Graham.
We had a wonderful start to the forum, Amory Lovins, Cofounder, Chairman and Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute focused on improving efficiencies in our current power systems. Looking at the entire system, from power plant to the end user.
Thomas Friedman, Foreign Affairs Columnist, The New York Times and author of “The World is Flat” was our next speaker. Wow. He talked about going Geo-Green. This was prefaced with the description of three global trends occurring: global warming, global flattening, and global crowding. In order to go Geo-Green, the globe needs to 1) Rename what it means to be green (ie Geogreen), 2) make it a movement for sustainable growth, and 3) be able to scale. The United States should be a leader in this area and needs to scale by 2050 to meet the worlds energy demands, which will double by that time. There are no current technologies that meet all three requirements, so innovation is needed. (more…)