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2006 Pacific Rim Forum


Beyond Oil
by Dr. Kenneth S. Deffeyes

Hubbert predicted in 1956 that U.S. oil production would reach its highest level in the early 1970s. Though roundly criticized by oil experts and economists, Hubbert’s prediction came true in 1970.

In this presentation, Ken Deffeyes, an expert on the world’s energy supplies, illustrates how he applied Hubbert’s methods to find the peak production of world oil supplies and he explains why he believes we have reached the peak. Deffeyes argues that while long-term solutions exist, such as conservation and alternative energies, they probably cannot--and he believes will not--be enacted in time to evade a short-term catastrophe.

Kenneth S. Deffeyes is Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. He grew up in the Oklahoma oilfields. His father was a pioneer petroleum engineer at the Shell Oil research laboratory in Houston and was a colleague of M. King Hubbert. He joined the Princeton faculty in 1967 and continued to participate in the petroleum industry as a consultant and as an expert witness.

Recorded March 25, 2006
Produced by: UAS Video Production Services
© 2006 University of Alaska Southeast

Running Time: 1 hour, 43 minutes

 


Identifying the Intersection

Identifying the Intersection

Session A: Identifying Trends in the Past

Introductions and Welcome
By Juneau Mayor Bruce Botelho

Alaska Must Reassert Its Role in the Pacific Rim
By Jim Clark, Governor Murkowski’s Chief of Staff
Understanding Alaska through Oral Histories and Traditional Ecological Knowledge
By Dan Monteith, UAS Professor of Anthropology

Overview of Geophysical Institute Research
By Roger Smith, Director of the UAF Geophysical Institute

Session B: Energy Trends

Juneau Energy Overview
By David Stone, V.P. Director of Consumer Affairs, AEL&P

Alaska Energy Trends
By Peter Larsen, UAA ISER Research Associate

Sherpa-weeks, Energy Slaves, and Solar Hydrogen: A Sustainability Manifesto
By William Leighty, Director, The Leighty Foundation

Session C: Environment Trends

Re-imagining and Re-inhabiting the Frontier
By Sherry Simpson, Author

A Reasoned Response to Environmental Challenges
By Lieutenant Govenor Loren Leman
Biological Responses to Climate Change: Are They Predictible?
By Brendan Kelly, UAS Dean of Arts and Sciences

Session D: Linking Energy and Environmental Trends

Energy Use/Energy Consumption around the Pacific Rim
By David Gordon, Executive Director at Pacific Environment

 


At the Crossroads

Session A: Current Environment

Energy Issues in the Bush
By Reggie Joule, Alaska Legislative Representative

Fisheries and Water in the World
By Naoki Tojo, Juneau School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences

Artistic Experience of the Present Environment
By Bill Brody, Alaskan Artist

Session B: Current Energy

Alaska’s Oil Production: Are We Competitive?
By Jack Griffin, Vice President, ConocoPhillips External Affairs

Hydrogen from Global, Large-Scale, Stranded Renewables: Panacea? The Transmission Problem
By Bill Leighty, Director, The Leighty Foundation

Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline
By Michael Menge, Commissioner, Alaska Dept. of Natural Resources

Session C: Exploring Current Environment & Energy Issues

Effects of Climate Change on Coastal Communities of Northern Alaska
By Caleb Pungowiyi, Former President and CEO of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference and of the Robert Aqqaluk Newlin, Sr. Memorial Trust in Kotzebue, Alaska

Energy and Security
By Wonmo Dong, University of Washington Professor

Global Warming: The Greatest Threat
By Deborah Williams, Alaska Conservation Solutions

Session D: Exploring Current Environment & Energy Issues (cont.)

Readings from Blonde Indian, An Alaska Native Memoir
By Ernestine Hayes, Alaskan Author

Environmental Issues and Human Rights in Asia
By David Gordon, Executive Director at Pacific Environment

Energy Flow in Alaska
By Steve Colt, UAA ISER Associate Professor of Economics and Director of Environmental Studies

Recorded March 31, 2006
Produced by: UAS Video Production Services
© 2006 University of Alaska Southeast

 


Facing the Future

Session A: Energy and Environmental Outlook

Climate Change Economics
By Peter Larsen, UAA ISER Research Associate
[ipod, mp3, streaming]

Bio/Ecology Outlook (Effect of GCC on Marine Biota)
By Rachel Nash, UAS Student
[ipod, mp3, streaming]

Modeling Global Climate with EdGCM
By Jon Bower, UAS Student
[ipod, mp3, streaming]


High Energy Prices in Alaska: A Curse or a Blessing?
By Steve Colt, UAA ISER Associate Professor of Economics and Director of Environmental Studies
[ipod, mp3, streaming]


Session B: How to Respond

Biodiversity and Human Well-Being: A Humanities Approach
By Hildegard Regele, UAS Research Faculty
[ipod, mp3, streaming]


Rural Alaska Response
By Caleb Pungowiyi, Former President and CEO of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference and of the Robert Aqqaluk Newlin, Sr. Memorial Trust in Kotzebue, Alaska
[ipod, mp3, streaming]


Transformation of Environmental Phenomena into Operatic Arts: The Egg Musher
By Michael Kerstan, Stage Director and Dramaturge
[ipod, mp3, streaming]


Session C: How to Respond (cont’d)

Home Technology Issues
By Marquam George, UAS Assistant Professor of Construction Technology
[ipod, mp3, streaming]


Arts and Humanities Perspective
By Taylor McKenna, Director of Bed Sheets
[ipod, mp3, streaming]


Addressing Climate Change Locally
By Brendan Kelly, UAS Dean of Arts and Sciences
[ipod, mp3, streaming]


A Contribution
By Nora Dauenhauer, Writer and Tlingit Ethnographer
[ipod, mp3, streaming]


Recorded April 1, 2006
Produced by: UAS Video Production Services
© 2006 University of Alaska Southeast

 


Bed Sheets
by The Ketchikan University Players

Bed Sheets is comprised of a series of scenes that explore the changing identity of a former Alaska fishing and logging town as it faces the challenges of increased tourism, the effects of globalization, and the limitations inherent in small town life.

Much of the play focuses on intimacy issues, sexual orientation, and spousal abuse. "Bed Sheets explores the relationship between the citizens, consumers, entrepreneurs and their town through the intimate relationships of couples," said Director Taylor McKenna. "Sometimes it is nurturing, sometimes it is abusive, and sometimes it’s simply self-serving." The play explores adult themes and is recommend for mature audiences.

Bed Sheets is a play crafted by two UAS commissioned poets Evon Zerbetz and Erin Hollowell and adapted for the stage by Taylor McKenna. Bed Sheets premiered last year at the UAS Ketchikan Humanities Forum: Ketchikan Unzipped. This year, the script was revised for a performance at the 2006 Pacific Rim Forum Interdisciplinary Conference on Energy and the Environment.

Recorded April 1, 2006
Produced by: UAS Video Production Services
© 2006 University of Alaska Southeast

Total Running Time:  1 hour, 16 minutes

 

 
 

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