Powering tomorrow

The energy debate is a topic of the utmost importance in political, environmental and social campaigns
News headlines continue to warn of the perils of global warming, a consequence of the excessive use of fossil fuels and carbon emissions. At a Thomson Reuters Newsmakerevent last week, the World Bank warned that Bangkok, Thailand, is in jeopardy of flooding within the next two decades if warming continues at its current rate. 

“It is time to stop arguing about whether climate change is real or not,” said Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank. “If you disagree with the science of human-caused climate change … what you are disagreeing with is science itself.”

Why it is taking so long to adopt alternative, renewable sources as our main power source? National boundaries and agendas often pose barriers to making progress toward embracing renewables, even though they are free and abundant resources. What are the political, corporate, financial and other factors impacting this transition? At our Aspen Ideas Festival panel “Powering Tomorrow” moderated by Chris Kibarian, president of our Intellectual Property & Science business, panelists will discuss the evolution of renewable energy sources and how they’re being utilized (or not) around the world. Additionally, a Thomson Reuters global research report will showcase the state of renewable energy, the latest facts and figures, and provide deeper insights into the challenges we face as a race transitioning to renewable sources of energy, as well as tangible strategies to actualize this shift. 

Panelists include:

  • Michael Levi, David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and director of the CFR Program on Energy Security and Climate Change
  • Mick Sawka, director of business development at Harvard University, formerly leader of R&D organizations at 3M, Cabot, and Microbia, and most recently the president and CEO of Qteros, an industrial biotechnology startup
  • Jeffrey Logan, senior energy analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, also served as special advisor to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on the Special Report on Renewable Energy in 2010 and 2011
  • Kristina M. Johnson, founder and CEO of Enduring Hydro; fellow of the Optical Society of America, International Electronics and Electrical Engineering, SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering; and the American Association for the Advancement of Science; and former undersecretary at the U.S. Department of Energy in 2009 and 2010