Colorado New Energy Summit 2007

Are you curious about the future of energy use? Will you also be in Colorado this weekend? If so, this is one meeting you won't want to miss:

The Colorado New Energy Summit of 2007 is being held this weekend at the Wells Fargo Theatre in the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver.

Join business, scientific and government leaders and members of Colorado's energy community for an update on developments in renewable energy, emerging technologies, state and national energy policies and opportunities for tax incentives and financing options for residences and businesses.

The Colorado New Energy Summit - 2007 Agenda:

  • United States Senator Ken Salazar - The National Agenda for Energy Independence in the 110th Congress
  • Mayor John Hickenlooper - Local Governments: Leading by Example
  • Governor Bill Ritter - The Colorado Promise on Energy
  • Colorado Congressional Delegation - United Commitment to Renewable Energy
  • Colorado Renewable Energy Collaboratory - Leadership in Energy Research and Tech Transfer
  • Keynote Address: Robert McFarlane, National Security Advisor to Pres. Reagan
  • Rural America and the Promise of New Energy
  • Colorado's New Energy Technologies
  • Financing New Energy Projects

Registration, which is free, begins at 7:45 am (pre-registration is required). Lunch will be provided.

For more information, please visit Ken Salazar's site.

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Wells Fargo Theatre? Inside the Colorado Convention Center. Wells Fargo? Is that the name of the Theatre in that place?...Really?!? HA! You've got to be freaking kidding me. Wow, that just reeks with corporate sell-out.

New Energy + Wells Fargo = Incalculable Equation

Along that line, I was a bit surprised and disappointed that the Rocky Mountain Institute ( wasn't mentioned. Seems kind of odd to me that a Colorado-based think tank that's been examining alternative energy issues for the last 25-30 years doesn't have a prominent role in such an event.

Having Reagan's National Security Advisor as keynote speaker seems an interesting choice also.

Karmen, did you attend? Cheer us up; tell us our suspicions are unfounded, and it was really a very insightful, innovative, and forward-thinking session.

Unfortunately, I didn't get the chance to go... I've been tutoring on Saturdays this year, which has kept me from a number of interesting events.

I suppose it's difficult to not be suspicious of large corporations or conservative speakers. But, at the same time, I firmly believe that any solutions for our energy crisis must involve everyone. Making it a partisan issue is highly unproductive.

From what I can understand (see the report from News2, one of our unaffiliated network stations) Reagan's advisor suggested we reduce our dependency on foreign oil.

From the article:

Also Saturday, former National Security Advisor Robert MacFarlane voiced concerns about the country's dependence on foreign oil.

"The threat is very real," MacFarlane said. "It's something we have to plan for."

Salazar agreed that the U.S. Must stop "funding both sides of the war on terror.

"We're fighting soldiers from Iraq and Iran today," he said. "At the same time, we're buying oil from Iran that is funding those terrorists."

I am sorry I missed it... it sounds like some interesting points were raised.

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