This event is presented by Resources for the Future with the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History as part of an ongoing series, Anthropocene: Life in the Age of Humans.
For 10,000 years growing more food required more land. That may no longer be true. Innovations in technology now enable farmers to grow more food on less land. At the same time, the world now produces a huge surplus of calories and protein. Rather than producing hamburgers, ethanol, and obesity, could this surplus be harnessed to return land to nature?
The National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) and Resources for the Future invite you to join Jesse Ausubel, Director and Senior Research Associate of the Program for the Human Environment at Rockefeller University, for a look into the future as he explores how precision agriculture and better sources of food and fuel can benefit the natural world.
Ausubel's work covers forests and farms, marine and human life, energy and materials. He marries climate and Earth sciences to elaborate the vision of a large, prosperous society that spares large amounts of land and sea for nature and emits little or nothing harmful into the atmosphere.
See more programs in this series: Anthropocene: Life in the Age of Humans
Since the 1973 oil crisis, both the US federal government and the public have been focused on improving the security of the nation’s oil supply. The fracking revolution has reduced our country’s vulnerability to shocks with political origins—but the recent gasoline shortages in Houston and Florida as well as the shutdown of parts of the US oil supply chain remind us of the susceptibility of the US energy sector to weather-related shocks.
This RFF seminar will open with a presentation from former Department of Energy official Howard Gruenspecht on the economic and political factors that have led to a very different oil security picture than the country faced decades ago. RFF President Richard Newell will present new research on how the shale oil boom has altered the flexibility of the US supply, as well as how price and inventory dynamics can inform Strategic Petroleum Reserve policy. RFF University Fellow Stephen Brown will then discuss an RFF project that produced new estimates for the value of the oil security premium—a key metric used in benefit–cost analyses of related regulations. RFF Senior Fellow Alan Krupnick will wrap up with a discussion of the new energy security paradigm, which broadens the definition of US energy security beyond oil to include natural gas, electricity, and other energy systems.
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Audio and video from the event will be posted online later in the week.