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Lunch and Learn

For this lunch and learn talk we will hear from Robert Suits, a PhD candidate in the history department. His current research focuses on climate, culture, and empire in the American West.

Time: Monday, May 20 12:30 pm

Place: Hinds 176

Abstract: How was our energy economy built? Is it possible to build a clean energy economy? This talk details ongoing research exploring historical energy transitions in the United States. It discusses the causes and effects of transitions between fuel types, from wood to coal, coal to oil, and the electrification of the American economy, and what this historical evolution means for our current efforts to transition away from fossil fuels. It will also look at the relationship between energy and the rest of the economy, answering questions such as whether economic growth can be achieved without energy consumption.

Energy and Climate Lunch & Learn Series

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