The Future of Energy

Two Tuesdays, February 8 and 15, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. | Upper Kirby District Headquarters, 3015 Richmond at Eastside (just west of Kirby)

February 8: The Status of Current Sources of Energy
Matthew Simmons, Chairman of Simmons & Company International, will discuss what is in store for the United States as the world’s largest consumer of hydrocarbons. Domestic sources of carbon fuel, except for coal, are drying up, and coal is perceived as a dirty fuel, although recent technological developments show potential. The world’s new sources of oil and natural gas are located in politically volatile areas, and demand from China is rapidly expanding.

February 15: U.S. Energy Self-Sufficiency—Myths and Realities
Amy Myers Jaffe is the Wallace Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University and associate director of the Rice University energy program. She will discuss the question: “Is ‘energy self-sufficiency’ a myth, or is it the only hope for the future?” Many policy makers are placing faith in alternative sources of energy, such as wind-power and solar electrical generation. At present, these sources provide only a tiny percentage of U.S. demand.



Registration for fall 2018 is ongoing. You may register online, by mail, or by phone with a credit card. 


The interest list for the fall and spring study tours is open. If you are interested in traveling with the Houston Seminar to Natchez in the fall of 2018 or Virginia in the spring of 2019, please call the registrar at 713.666.9000 to place your name on a list. Please see Terms and Conditions for "travel list" policy.


Please note a date in the Mid-term Elections course has changed from that published in the brochure. The course will meet the first two Mondays, October 29 and November 5 as planned, but will meet Tuesday, November 13 instead of Monday, November 12. 


Also note Art Underground: Carlos Cruz-Diez at the Cistern on Wednesday, November 14 is FULLY SUBSCRIBED. A second session has been added and will meet Monday, November 12 from 2:00-3:30 P.M. Registrations are being accepted for November 12. You may register online, or by phone.


Who Gets to Vote: Challenges for the 2020 Elections?
Speaker: Dale Ho, director of the American Civil Liberties Union Voter Rights Project
Monday, November 19, 6:30-8:00 P.M.
Location to be announced


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