Sunday, June 11, 2006

Tough Choices

There are competing lectures tonight. Which should I choose?

TWILIGHT IN THE DESERT: The Coming Saudi Oil Shock
7:30 p.m., Monday, June 12, 2006
Cambridge Forum
3 Church Street (Harvard Square)
Cambridge, MA 02138

Oil industry analyst Matthew Simmons draws on his extensive experience in the global energy market to assess the future of Saudi Arabia's oil production capacity. In his new book, Twilight in the Desert: The Coming Saudi Oil Shock and the World Economy, Simmons argues that Saudi reserves could soon face a serious and irreversible decline, and considers what the world will look like when Saudi petroleum reserves peak. How high will prices rise? What impact will shortages have on the growing, energy hungry economies of India and China?


Wind Energy in Boston Harbor and Beyond
James F. Manwell
Professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Director, Renewable Energy Research Laboratory
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Jack Wiggin
Director, Urban Harbors Institute
Adjunct Faculty, Earth and Geographic Science Department
University of Massachusetts, Boston

Wind power is one of the most appealing sources of renewable energy today. Learn about the history of wind energy in the area (including windmills and sailing vessels) and hear about more recent developments, particularly in Hull. We will also discuss the future possibilities for offshore wind, both in the immediate environs of the Harbor, and also (in the longer term) in deeper waters, further offshore.

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