Sure, it's annoying when gas is $3 per gallon and our moms say to put on that horrible sweater Aunt So-and-So sent for Christmas rather than turning up the heat. We'd all rather be spending that money on something else.
The truth is we live or die by energy prices and policy. Not because of heat, but because of food. Without access to energy, we can't ship it. And if we can't ship it, we can't eat it. But devastating the environment to access energy doesn't do much to aid survival either.
There has to be some middle ground out there somewhere, right? Well, today, why not find out?
From 3-4:30 p.m in the Bishop Barnwell Room at Boise State, Roger Ramcharita of the Alberta Department of Environment will give a presentation on Canada as an energy superpower. Ramcharita will discuss environmental concerns relating to the Alberta Tar Sands—where those mega-loads of oil equipment are heading—and what the Canadian government and industry are doing in response. The presentation is FREE.
Afterwards, if you're feeling all juiced up on environmental issues that arise over energy policy and need some more—hey, it happens—stop by the Owyhee Plaza Hotel downtown and hear a lecture on how the Iraqi government has been renovating their water system with help from the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Agency for International Development. The lecture starts at 5:30 p.m. and costs $5.