Dan Kammen emphasizes the importance of an ambitious climate bill for the renewable energy sector. Although there has not been as much movement in the energy business since the Arab oil embargo and several companies in California have received big grants or loan guarantees from the stimulus package, the ultimate success of the renewable energy industry will depend in the long run on a coherent cap-and-trade system. Until then Dan Kammen can only give the grade incomplete.
The enrollment in Dan Kammen's introductory energy class (Energy and Society: ER 100/200, PP184/284) exploded as USA Today reports. The number of students has risen from around 40 in the end of the the 1990s to 270 in 2009.
This follows a national trend mirroring on the one hand the great interest of students in the field of sustainability and renewable energies and on the other hand high expectations of future employers.
Along with Energy Secretary Steve Chu and MIT's Ernie Moniz, Dan Kammen agrees that some sort of nuclear power will be necessary in the future to move away from coal. Dan Kammen was quoted in the context of a new generation of smaller, modeluar nuclear power plants.
To read some intriguing thoughts of Dan Kammen who attended the COP15 meeting over the last weeks in Copenhagen, please visit his page at The Berkeley Blog. His articles offer his personal observations, several pictures and an excellent opportunity to get a closer idea what is going on in Copenhagen.
The overall problem that this COP has highlighted is, however, very simple: the negotiations, while taking fairly predictable paths in a purely political sense, are not yet in tune with the language that really matters - the language and the timetable of nature.