July 27, 2010


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Quotes from the Forum:

  • “Should we be drilling offshore or in the deep water? Our answer is, very shortly, yes, but you have to do it right. The reality is that for the very near term, we need all the oil and gas that we can find and produce to keep our economies running.” – Elizabeth (Libby) Cheney, VP of Safety and Environmental and Sustainable Development, Shell

  • “I think we’re all looking for a brick-and-mortar solve. I couldn’t get us to the moon, but there was something that started to bug me and that’s why can’t we separate oil and water at high speeds?” – Kevin Costner, actor, entrepreneur, co-founding partner of Ocean Therapy Solutions & WestPac Resources

  • “This [deepwater drilling] is an unregulated frontier operation full of cowboy operators that range from good to bad to terrible.” – Bruce Babbitt, former Secretary of the Interior, United States

  • “Bangladesh is going to experience to largest climate displacement in the world. We could have an estimated climate refugee population of 35 to 40 million people. And given the size of the country, Bangladesh is not in a position to absorb this displacement of human population. There is going to be a mass migration of people trying to go to India which borders Bangladesh on three sides.” – ANM Muniruzzaman, retired major general of the Bangladesh Army, president of the Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies

  • “There is a disconnect in the electric world. Some of use it a lot for things that are not necessarily needed. When it gets hot here, we can just buy more air conditioners. But it means we need to understand the feedback that we are putting into play.” – Dennis Dimick, National Geographic executive editor for the environment

  • “If we are going to avoid climate wars, we have to have a good idea about what climate peace looks like.” – Strobe Talbott, president, The Brookings Institution

Today’s Select Highlights:
*all times are MDT

  • 8:45 am – Trusting Climate Science: What We Know and Need to Know
    Peter Huybers, Mohan Munasinghe, Andrew Revkin, Neal Conan (moderator)

  • 10:15 am – Power to the Poor: One Out of Four of Us Needs Light
    Peggy Liu, T.H. Culhane, Tom Horton, Richard Cizik, Fred de Sam Lazaro (moderator)

  • 11:45 am – RARE: Portraits of America’s Endangered Species
    Joel Sartore

  • 1:45 pm – Elvis Mitchell interviews Ambassador Lumumba Di-Aping
    Lumumba Di-Aping, Elvis Mitchell

  • 3:15 pm – Fast Forward: Ethics and Politics in the Age of Global Warming
    Strobe Talbott, William Antholis, Chris Johns (moderator)

  • 4:45 pm – Climate Change: Past, Present and Future
    Pamela Ronald, Brian Fagan, Peter Huybers, David Brancaccio (moderator)

  • 8:00 pm – In Memoriam: Underwater explorer, photographer, and filmmaker Wes Skiles passed away on July 21, 2010. There will be a screening of his film “Diving Deep—the Blue Holes of the Bahamas” tonight, followed by a tribute to Skiles. (Tickets for this event available to the public at www.aspenshowtickets.com.)

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
[email protected]
Beth Foster
National Geographic
[email protected]
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