In a world still largely dependent on fossil fuels, calls for a transition from the fossil fuel economy have been met with considerable resistance. The Keystone XL pipeline and the Canadian tar sands have become symbols of the dissension over America’s energy future. In his book, The Pipeline and the Paradigm, Samuel Avery writes that the project has inspired the largest expression of civil disobedience since the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s.
The U.S. State Department recently moved the project one step closer to final approval however it is fiercely opposed by democrats and environmentalists. Canadian energy company Enbridge is proposing a separate pipeline that would carry the fuel to British Columbia where it would be shipped to Asia.
What would the pipelines mean for both the American and Canadian economies? If the tar sands are further developed what will be the climate impacts? A conversation on matching energy supply and demand in a carbon constrained world.
Sam Avery, Author, The Pipeline and the Paradigm
Greg Croft, Lecturer, St. Mary’s College of California
Cassie Doyle, Consul General of Canada in San Francisco
Dan Miller, Managing Director, The Roda Group
Date: Friday, April 26
Time: 11:30am check-in, 12:00pm program, 1:00pm networking reception
Location: The Commonwealth Club, SF Club Office, 595 Market Street, San Francisco
Cost: $20 standard, FREE for members, $7 students (with valid ID)
The speakers and audience will be videotaped for future broadcast on the Climate One TV show on KRCB TV 22 on Comcast and DirecTV.