NOT JUST HOT AIR: UH LAW CONFERENCE CONSIDERS
BIOFUELS, WIND ENERGY AS ALTERNATIVE FUELS
With growing concerns about global warming and limited fossil fuel
resources, government officials, industry leaders and academic experts
are considering biofuels and wind energy as alternatives.
But just how viable are they?
That’s the focus of an upcoming conference hosted by the
University of Houston’s Environmental and Energy Law and Policy
Journal. “Getting Real About Renewables: Economic and Environmental
Barriers to Biofuels and Wind Energy” will be held 8 a.m.
to 4:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 23 at the University Hilton Hotel.
The event will feature a number of expert speakers. R. James Woolsey
is a former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and current
vice president for energy security at Booz Allen Hamilton. He will
discuss concerns about U.S. energy policy including transportation
infrastructure, current and future regimes in the Middle East and
global warming. Barbara Hickl, senior legal counsel for Shell Oil
Co., will deliver a keynote address on Shell’s view of the
production and use of biofuels. U.S. Rep. Nick Lampson, chairman
of the Subcommittee on Energy and Environment, will discuss congressional
policy and the future of renewables.
“Renewable energy sources can reduce reliance on imported
petroleum and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases,” said
Sanford Gaines, Law Foundation Professor of Law at the UH Law Center.
“Whether it’s wind energy for electricity or biofuels
for vehicles and industrial use, these sources present their own
technical, economic and environmental issues. A proposed wind farm
off the coast near Galveston has raised controversy, and distribution
of wind-generated electricity presents challenges. Expanded use
of biofuels, too, raises issues---such as land use changes for raising
biofuel feedstocks and the economics of investments in biofuel processing
Reporters may register by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or
calling 281-216-7143. For more information about the conference,
go to http://www.law.uh.edu/eelpj/symposium.html.
||Getting Real About Renewables:
Economic & Environmental Barriers to Biofuels and Wind Energy
||Environmental and Energy Law and
Policy Journal, UH Law Center
||8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday, Feb.
||University Hilton Hotel
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