Daily Dispatch from the 2010 Aspen Environment Forum

July 26, 2010


Daily Dispatch from the 2010 Aspen Environment Forum

Monday, July 26


Featured Video:

  • Oil, Risk, and the Future of Energy: Lessons from the Gulf featuring EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, Tulane University President Scott Cowen, Shell Oil’s John Hollowell, National Geographic writer Joel Bourne, and actor and community activist Wendell Pierce: http://www.aspenenvironment.org/video-from-the-forum#aef01a


Quotes from the Forum:

  • “One of the coolest things about working in the environmental field is that you have to be an optimist all the time. We are a science-based voice for the American people’s protection.” – Lisa Jackson, administrator, Environmental Protection Agency
  • “According to our global standards, we would not have drilled the well the way BP did.” – John Hollowell, Executive Vice President, Deep Water, for Shell’s Upstream Americas
  • “I don’t believe we sacrifice safety for profit. If I cannot drill a well safe, I won’t drill it.” – John Hollowell
  • “We are a resilient people. … While the country and the world may have Katrina fatigue, think about how we feel. We are more than tired. But, in crisis, you find out the nature of people. We have shown the world our character.” – Wendell Pierce, actor and founder, Ponchartrain Park Foundation
  • “We fell asleep at the switch. … That ‘we’ is that we had a very cozy relationship between the regulators and the industry.” – Joel Bourne, contributor, National Geographic


Today’s Highlights:

*all times are MDT

  • 8:45 am – Sustaining Our Man-Made World

Dennis Dimick

  • 10:15 am – Carbon in Congress: To Cap or Price?

Alexander Karsner, Dave Foster, Sherri Goodman, Heather Quinley, Eric Pooley (moderator)

  • 11:45 am – Sustainable Us: Food, Water, and Energy for Nine Billion People

                Laurie Mazur, Melina Shannon-DiPietro, Jerry Glover, Jon Sawyer (moderator)

  • 1:45 pm – Drills and Spills: The Rhetoric and Reality of Offshore Oil Resources

Elizabeth Cheney, Kevin Costner, Robert Gagosian, Bruce Babbitt, Joel Achenbach (moderator), Chris Johns (introduction)

  • 3:15 pm – Threat Multiplier: Climate Change and National Security

            Strobe Talbott, Sherri Goodman, Geoff Dabelko, ANM Muniruzzaman, Walter Isaacson (moderator)

  • 6:00 pm – Third Annual Aspen Institute Energy and Environment Awards
  • 8:00 pm – Rethinking the News: New Storytelling on the Global Stage with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, PBS NewsHour, and National Geographic Magazine

Jon Sawyer, Fred de Sam Lazaro, Dennis Dimick

A complete agenda is available upon request.

Aspen Environment Forum Online:

*Editors note: Images from the Aspen Environment Forum are available upon request.*

For more information about the Aspen Environment Forum, please contact:  

Jennifer Myers

Aspen Institute



Beth Foster

National Geographic






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