David Christensen

Climate Change and Fossil Fuels: A New Dynamic Emerges.

The growing debate over the role of greenhouse gas emission on global climate change has taken on a new dimension with the recent discoveries of vast resources of natural gas and oil in North America and the rapidly growing oil production from the controversial Canadian oil sands deposits. While these developments have the potential to make America increasingly energy independent and foster economic growth and job creation, opponents are deeply concerned over the potential negative environmental impacts and the possible prolongation of American dependence on fossil fuels. The presentation will address and comment on the pros and cons of these conflicting positions.