VIDEO: Opening Session: What Does a Low-Carbon Future Look Like?

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Event Date



Martz Summer Conference (4th: 2012: Boulder, Colo.)



3:00 p.m. - 3:05 p.m. Welcome: Phil Weiser, Dean, University of Colorado Law School

OPENING SESSION: What Does a Low-Carbon Future Look Like?

3:05 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Moderator: Mark Squillace, Director, Natural Resources Law Center, University of Colorado Law School

Presenter: Robin Newmark, Ph.D., Director, Strategic Energy Analysis Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Lakewood, CO


Tom Kenworthy, Center for American Progress, Golden, CO

Karin Sheldon, Executive Director, Western Resource Advocates, Boulder, CO


Phil Weiser, Mark Squillace

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The future of the planet may depend upon our ability to increase energy supplies even as we reduce carbon emissions. This conference will address how a low-carbon energy program might evolve with a particular focus on the American West. It will focus on the future of energy in the West--on a “managed transition” to a different energy mix, on the need to nest this effort in a framework that acknowledges interconnections, and on identifying the most salient opportunities to consider the legal, political, financial, and technical challenges.