Lyceum Society: Energy Policy: Where are We? Where are We Going?
Thursday, November 17, 2005
Presented by the Lyceum Society
Speaker: Leo Macklin, PE, former White House Fellow, Office of Science and Technology
The language describing energy confuses and perplexes the scientist and the engineer as well as the general public. Energy comprises electric power generation transmission and distribution to the end-use customer. Energy also includes the raw materials--coal, oil, gas, nuclear, fusion, plus hydro, wind, tidal, and all other renewables.
Today, coal provides 50% and nuclear provides 20% of the electrical energy consumption in the U.S. In 40 years, the world population is predicted to rise from today's 6 billion to 10 billion. When the world outside the U.S. increases its energy consumption per capita to only 1/4 of the current U.S. use, the energy needs of the world will triple.
Leo Macklin will be speaking against the headlines, with the price of gasoline and natural gas going through the roof. Moreover, we, his Lyceum audience, mostly live in apartments whose rent or maintenance fees generally include heat and hot water so New Yorkers think most energy comes free.
Leo Macklin, Pres. and CEO of TransNuclear, Inc. 1973-87, has designed, built, and ran fossil power plants all over the US. He has led an active organizational life, including being a Life Fellow, A.S. Mechanical Engineers; charter member of the Am. Nuclear Society; speaker at 1958 Geneva Conf. on Atomic Policy, spokesperson fro the US Council on Energy Policy for several years. His BME is from CUNY, MS from Polytechnic U., with 3 years at PhD Program at Columbia. 1943-46, naval officer South Pacific and China. He served in the White House in 1991.