Energy, Carbon and Poverty: Seeking the Radical Middle
Speaker: Scott Tinker
FEBRUARY 28th, 2019
7:00pm: Cocktail Hour
8:00pm: Formal Talk
Hall – Mount Royal University (located in the Roderick Mah Centre for
Mt.Royal Gate SW, Calgary, AB T3E 7N5
Each registration includes one drink ticket and appetizers
Advance Tickets - $35 +GST
Tickets at the Door - $40 +GST
Group of 5 - $150 ($30 per ticket)
Group of 10 - $250 ($25 per ticket)
* Any additional tickets purchased outside of the group registration will be charged the regular price.
Scott will examine the global energy mix transition, and also the global energy poverty transition, which involves providing secure energy for every person on earth and is perhaps the most important challenge facing humankind.
Energy fuels the economic engine of the world. Access to secure energy—affordable, available, reliable, and sustainable—is not only vital for economic health, but also to lift the world from poverty, and to invest in the environment. Are carbon policy and poverty mutually exclusive, or does there exist an energy “radical middle” that can address the challenges of carbon and poverty, and still preserve a healthy economy? To avoid the often negative unintended consequences of well-meaning government policy requires a culture of fact-based, transparent, and accessible energy education, as well as open, objective, and non-partisan dialog around such things as scale and density; emissions, land use, and water; resource extraction and development; economics and policy; and more. Through such dialog, compromise and convergence on workable solutions might be possible.
Tinker works to bring industry, governments, academe and NGOs together to
address difficult challenges. Dr. Tinker is director of the Bureau of Economic
Geology, the State Geologist of Texas, and a professor holding the Allday
Endowed Chair at The University of Texas at Austin. He has served as president
of the American Geosciences Institute, the Association of American State
Geologists, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and the Gulf
Coast Association of Geological Societies. Dr. Tinker is an AGI Campbell
Medalist, AAPG Halbouty Leadership Medalist, GCAGS Boyd Medalist, and a Fellow
of the Geological Society of America. In his visits to some 60 countries, he
has given 750 keynote and invited lectures to government, industry, academic,
and general audiences. He serves on many private, public, academic, and
government boards and advisory councils. Tinker co-produced and is featured in
the award-winning energy documentary film Switch, which has been screened in
over 50 countries to more than 15 million viewers and is used on thousands of K-12
and college campuses. Dr. Tinker formed the not-for-profit Switch Energy
Alliance and is currently working on a new film project, Switch On, addressing
global energy poverty.