“It is change, continuing change, inevitable change,   that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision ...
Energy Resources Rise & Fall: The Story of Whale Oil     Source: PRICE TRENDS OVER A COMPLETE HUBBERT CYCLE: THE CASE OF  ...
The Story from Hawaii: The undeniable “Keeling Curve”                                                        3
The Electricity Grid of the past . . . and the futureEdison’sPearlStreetStationPhotographicServices of theConsolidatedEdis...
The History of US Energy use in one slide                                                                               5S...
Energy Sources and Uses: U.S. Edition                                        6
Energy Sources and Uses: Massachusetts Edition                                                 7
Climate: The New Imperative, lessons from Europe about sectors          EU-27 total GHG emissions                         ...
The case for Efficiency and Renewable Energy       Emissions Reduction – Public Health         Water Use/Discharge        ...
The Question from Copenhagen: Is there reason for hope?                                                          10
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  1. 1. “It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be....” Isaac Asimov Seth Kaplan Vice President for Policy and Climate Advocacy Conservation Law Foundation Beacon Hill Seminars February 12, 2012 1
  2. 2. Energy Resources Rise & Fall: The Story of Whale Oil Source: PRICE TRENDS OVER A COMPLETE HUBBERT CYCLE: THE CASE OF THE AMERICAN WHALING INDUSTRY IN 19th CENTURY, Ugo Bardi, 2 Dipartimento di Chimica - Università di Firenze (2004)
  3. 3. The Story from Hawaii: The undeniable “Keeling Curve” 3
  4. 4. The Electricity Grid of the past . . . and the futureEdison’sPearlStreetStationPhotographicServices of theConsolidatedEdison Company ofNew York, Inc. Graphic courtesy of Alan Friefeld of Viridity Energy 4
  5. 5. The History of US Energy use in one slide 5Source: The Encyclopedia of Earth, Energy Transitions Past and Future, 2008.
  6. 6. Energy Sources and Uses: U.S. Edition 6
  7. 7. Energy Sources and Uses: Massachusetts Edition 7
  8. 8. Climate: The New Imperative, lessons from Europe about sectors EU-27 total GHG emissions Within Sector Abatement Fuel shift GtCO2e per year sector1, 2 5.9 Power 95% to 100% >95% 5.3 5.4 5.2 Road 95% 20% 75% (electric transport vehicles, biofuels 1.2 1.2 1.2 and fuel cells) -80% Air & sea 50% 30% 20% (biofuels) 0.9 1.0 transport 0.9 0.5 0.6 0.7 Industry 40% 35% (CCS3) 5% (heat pumps) 1.1 1.0 1.0 Buildings 95% 45% (efficiency 50% (heat pumps) 1.2 0.1 and new builds) 0.9 0.9 0.9 0.4 0.1 0.2 0.6 0.1 Waste 100% 100% 0.3 0.3 0.5 0.4 0.3 0.2 Agriculture 20% 20% -0.3 1990 2010 2030 2050 2050 Forestry -0.25 GtCO2e Carbon sinks abated1 Based on the McKinsey Global GHG Abatement Cost Curve2 Large efficiency improvements already included in the baseline3 CCS applied to 50% of industry (cement, chemistry, iron and steel, petroleum and gas, not applied to other industries)SOURCE: European Climate Foundation 8
  9. 9. The case for Efficiency and Renewable Energy Emissions Reduction – Public Health Water Use/Discharge Environmental Climate: electricity is the “hinge” sector Diversification /Reliability Japan shows wind can help keep the lights on Every place has indigenous renewable & demand resources (unlike fossil fuels) Electric System Economic Benefits Self sufficiency, independence,Zero fuel cost resources – price stability it’s not just about rates – no one really pays a rate Jobs, attract employers, jobs, local Popularity matters (or property taxes, jobs and of course jobs should) in a democracy Political 9
  10. 10. The Question from Copenhagen: Is there reason for hope? 10
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