Energy, Carbon and Poverty: Seeking the Radical Middle
Speaker: Scott Tinker
Moderator: Danielle Smith

FEBRUARY 28th, 2019
6:00pm – 7:00pm: Cocktail Hour
7:00pm – 8:00pm: Formal Talk

Ross Glen Hall – Mount Royal University (located in the Roderick Mah Centre for Continuous Learning)
30 Mount Royal Circle SW, Calgary,AB 


Each registration includes one drink ticket and appetizers

Individual Tickets:
Advance Tickets - $35 +GST
Tickets at the Door - $40

Tickets will be available for purchase at the event (Cash or Credit Card will be accepted)

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.

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Scott 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.

Danielle Smith is the host of Afternoons on NewsTalk770 in Calgary.

As a University of Calgary graduate with degrees in Economics and English, Danielle has had a lifelong interest in Alberta public policy and finding the right balance between free enterprise and individual rights, and the role of government.

Danielle’s public policy experience began with an internship at the Fraser Institute. She was also elected as a trustee for the Calgary board of education and served as the director of the Alberta Property Rights Initiative and the Canadian Property Rights Research Institute. She was also the director of provincial affairs for Alberta with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. Most recently she was a Member of the Legislative Assembly for Highwood, leader of the Official Opposition, and leader of the Wildrose Party.

Cancellation Policy:

No refunds will be offered for this event. Substitutions/Transfers are accepted.