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15May2012: scientist’s view of the Energy Debate

CAFE SCIENTIFIQUE LAUNCESTON

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 15th May at 7.00pm at Jericho’s as usual.

The speaker will be Professor Geoffrey Allen, Interface Analysis Centre, University of Bristol and the subject of his talk will be:

“Environmentalism versus keeping the lights on – a scientist’s view of the Energy Debate”.

“The Government has never had much of an energy policy beyond extravagant assertions that it would make ‘renewables come of age’. Though heavy subsidies are given to wind turbines, nuclear power will not go away but its role may never be more than marginal. Barring major technological developments it will continue to be a creature of politics rather than economics and this will limit the overall size of the industry.

The UK has the most ambitious carbon emission targets. Energy costs continue to soar yet there is only meagre progress towards averting a threatened British energy crunch a decade hence. This presentation will be an edited version of a series of lectures given to Earth Scientists at the University of Bristol reviewing the British Nuclear programme in relation to that of the French and considers the status of alternative energy sources – tidal, wind, coal, gas and oil in meeting national needs over the next few decades.”

Geoffrey Allen is Professor of Material Science, Founder Director of the University of Bristol’s Interface Analysis Centre, Sir William Penney Research Fellow and Visiting Professor in the Department of Archaeology and Civil Engineering at the University of Bath.

We look forward to seeing you at Jericho’s on the 15th.

With all best wishes

Colin Webb