Dan Kammen's Lecture

Please post your comments on the first class here.

Denying Global Warming

I have heard form various naysayers of man made global warming that there is a document signed by 300 or 3000 reputable scientist s that the recent increase in global warming is cyclical and not caused by increased carbon emissions brought about by the industrial revolution. Do you know of such a document and if so what do you think of it ?
Warren Brunetti

Berkeley First!

Congrats Kammen! It looks like Biden is behind Berkeley's solar model (as you discussed in your lecture) http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/10/19/BAKT1A7R72.D... This is why I love attending Berkeley! It is so much fun learning about current events in research and policy.

Berkeley First now called PACE

Yes, it has been fun to watch the White House get into it.  Now the European Union is reviewing it as well.  Fun.

Opinion example by two Cal Grads

Here is a Policy Recommendation to DC Mayor Jenty which includes the Berkeley solar model! Two friends I met at UC Berkeley wrote this and it was published last Feb. Thought this might be a good example of what Professor Dan Kammen is looking for from us.

World tapping into vast shale reserves

In our first class we saw what happens if the world starts tapping into other sources of fossil fuels (oil sands, shale etc.). This article talks about how the rest of the world (especiallu Europe) is learning the technology from the US to tap into huge reserves of natural gas in shale.http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/10/business/energy-environment/10gas.html...

Haven't we been here before?

The lecture had some interesting touch points that might be useful to share insights about:
1) What memorable or significant circumstances that changed your life can you trace back to the 1st OPEC Oil Embargo (1973 when we imported just 6% of our oil)?
2) How about Jimmy Carter's Fireside Chat with the cardigan sweater when he suggested we take a simple step to save energy: turn down the thermostat, and put on a sweater?
For myself - 1) I ran out of gas one day in '73 and all the gas stations were sold out.  I was stranded 40 miles from home.  That made an impression.  2) It marked a high point in a 5-year career in renewable energy development that was effectively killed when Reagan was elected.
How about you?
Rob Stern