Professor Dannenmaier Speaks at Energy Conference
Professor Eric Dannenmaier spoke on October 3 at the Indiana Energy Conference, a one-day program held on the IUPUI Campus in downtown Indianapolis. Professor Dannenmaier explored the topic of climate change and its cause. He was the featured luncheon speaker that day, along with Brian Wilkes, WXIN Fox 59 Chief Meteorologist.
July 2012 was the hottest month ever recorded in the United States, and the year is on target to set a new record. While weather is not the same thing as climate, many see the extreme events of late as examples of how climate is changing in ways that will have significant economic, social, and health impacts.
A story about the October 3 panel discussion by Wilkes and Professor Dannenmaier can be found at Indiana Living Green.
“Climate change is the ‘new normal’ that will be driving energy demand and energy policy in the coming decades, and every major energy producer knows that,” said Professor Dannenmaier. "Beyond the energy sector, it will affect crop production, transit, public health, and drinking water, among other critical concerns. It’s time for our political leadership to understand and embrace what business leaders are already counting on – and to rethink policies from agriculture to transportation; from disaster management to water supply. We can get ahead of the game and plan for prosperity and jobs through mitigation and adaptation, or keep our heads in the sand and hope for better weather. If you ask me, the time for planning is now.”