VIDEO: The Overarching Issues: The Future of Conventional Fuels

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Event Date



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



10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The Future of Conventional Fuels: Can We Make Conventional Fuels Work in a Low Carbon Energy Society?

Moderator: Bruce Kramer, Maddox Professor of Law Emeritus, Texas Tech University School of Law; Of counsel to McGinnis, Lochridge & Kilgore, Houston, Texas; and Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Colorado Law School, Boulder, CO


Coal and Carbon Sequestration--Will It Work? Is It Cost-Effective?: Dag Nummedal, Director, Colorado Energy Research Institute and Scientific Director, Carbon Management Center, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO; Kevin Doran, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute, Law & Policy Group (RAESI)

The Role of Natural Gas as a "Bridge" Fuel: Rebecca Watson, Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley, PC, Denver, CO; Matthew Most, Vice-President of Environmental Policy, Encana Natural Gas, Inc., Denver, CO;


Bruce Kramer

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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.