Ex­perts dis­cuss cli­mate change so­lu­tions

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greater em­pha­sis, as Hay­hoe pointed out the state ranks third in the world for nat­u­ral gas pro­duc­tion, and fourth in the world for oil pro­duc­tion and re­fin­ing gaso­line.

“Texas has grown and flour­ished be­cause of its nat­u­ral re­sources,” she said.

Hay­hoe went on to ex­plain why cli­mate change is go­ing to be uniquely bad for Texas.

Texas has had more nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring weather and cli­mate disasters than any other state, she said, and since 1980 there have been more than 105 disasters in Texas that caused more than $100 bil­lion in dam­ages. It is also the state that pro­duces the most car­bon emis­sions, she said.

“We are most vul­ner­a­ble and we are con­tribut­ing most to the prob­lem,” she but in­stead turn­ing to al­ter­na­tive en­ergy sources.

“We can get it from high tech ways, like so­lar pan­els, and from the tides like they’re do­ing in South Korea. We can get it from amaz­ing new nu­clear tech­nol­ogy, and geo­ther­mal like in Ice­land,” she said.

Hay­hoe said among its high pro­duc­tion of con­ven­tional en­ergy re­sources, Texas is also first in states for in­stalled wind ca­pac­ity, and likely first in car­bon stor­age, a process that puts car­bon diox­ide in the ground rather than the at­mos­phere. Fort Hood used wind and and how do we avoid the im­pacts of a chang­ing cli­mate?” she said, segu­ing into the panel por­tion of the night.

The panel fo­cused on us­ing each of its mem­ber’s unique back­grounds and points of view to tackle the is­sue at hand.

Bob Inglis largely dis­cussed the pol­icy and po­lit­i­cal as­pects of cli­mate change. When asked what the great­est chal­lenge in solv­ing the prob­lem was, he de­scribed a fig­u­ra­tive food fight hap­pen­ing in the US. He said ev­ery­one is di­vided into war­ring camps that are fo­cused on fighting each other rather some grace from the right, to be able to talk to my own tribe, and say to them, how do you keep shrink­ing to this sci­ence of de­nial.”

Joey Hall spoke from his per­spec­tive as a leader in a large oil and gas com­pany, an in­dus­try which is com­monly seen as the en­emy in these dis­cus­sions. He said he gath­ered peo­ple from both sides of the ar­gu­ment, and fa­cil­i­tated di­a­logue to come to a so­lu­tion to­gether.

“With­out con­ver­sa­tion, no progress is made,” he said.

“I’ve al­ways had the per­spec­tive that to the ex­tent that I can ed­u­cate those who might not agree with what my in­dus­try does, no mat­ter what they do with that in­for­ma­tion, I’m bet­ter off for it. We fre­quently en­gage with NGOS who op­pose the oil and gas in­dus­try, and we have con­ver­sa­tions with them.”

Fi­nally, Michael Web­ber fo­cused on as­pects of re­new­able en­ergy, but also ac­knowl­edged the im­por­tance of bring­ing en­ergy to more peo­ple world­wide. The prob­lem, he said, be­comes not only how to re­duce ef­fects of cli­mate change, but ex­tend­ing en­ergy avail­abil­ity to those who lack it.

“That’s the dual co­nun­drum, how do we ramp up there, while ramp­ing down the im­pact from here,” he said.

“We need so­lar or bet­ter al­ter­na­tives for other re­gions. And that makes it a prob­lem of ar­chi­tec­ture, but it’s some­thing we should cel­e­brate be­cause that’s ex­plor­ing in tech­nol­ogy and qual­ity of life.”

The con­clu­sion of the night was a hope­ful one, with all the panelists men­tion­ing ways in­di­vid­u­als can start to help re­duce the im­pacts of cli­mate change.

Open-mind­ed­ness, con­ver­sa­tion and trans­parency were all brought up as ways to move to­ward pos­i­tive change.

As Hay­hoe closed, she em­pha­sized the im­por­tance of talk­ing about the fu­ture.

“The most im­por­tant thing you can do when you leave tonight is cre­at­ing an op­por­tu­nity to talk about this,” she said.

“Con­sider hav­ing a con­ver­sa­tion, con­sider putting aside stereo­types and talk­ing across the aisle. Con­sider in­vest­ing in hope for the fu­ture.”

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