Public Discussion: Intergenerational Ethics and the Shale Gas Boom

April 24, 2014 @ 11:00 pm – April 25, 2014 @ 1:00 am
Auditorium on the 1st floor, next to the building entrance near the Science Center.
Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY 12180
Pedro de la Torre III

Please RSVP below if you are able to participate in a roundtable discussion about the long-term impacts of the shale gas boom, and the intergenerational ethics issues that it raises for policymakers, activists, community members, regulators, and industry. The roundtable is part of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Earth Week, and will take place on Thursday, April 24th at 7 PM in the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS) Auditorium.

The premise of our discussion focused on the shale gas boom is that it has emerged very rapidly, with promises that it will help us meet a growing demand for energy, for energy independence and for forms of energy that are less carbon-intensive than coal or oil – while bringing economic development to depressed regions. These promises need to be considered alongside concerns about the environmental, health and social impacts of the shale gas boom, drawing diverse stakeholders into deliberation about different scenarios for the future, their advantages and their risks.

With their permission, the names and affiliations of people who have RSVPed will be posted on our website as a way to build momentum toward the discussion.



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