Gulf oil crisis forum at St. Petersburg College - Saturday, October 2

Three panels of experts will discuss the "Pathways to Policy: The Future of Energy" at a community forum at 9:30am., Saturday, October 2, 2010.

The forum, Impact of the Gulf Oil Crisis on Tampa Bay, will be at the Digitoirum on SPC’s Seminole Campus, 9200 113th Street North, Seminole.

The Gulf oil spill crisis is no longer front page news and our attention turns to why we need energy alternatives, what those alternatives look like, and what policies must be in place to ensure that we reach energy independence efficiently and effectively.

The first panel, "Why Energy Alternatives?" will be led by Dan Lashof - Climate Center Director, National Resources Defense Council.

The second panel, will focus on the future of energy, and will be led by Dr. David A. Cartes - Director, Institute for Energy Systems, Economics and Sustainability (IESES) at Florida State University and Barry Moline - Executive Director, Florida Municipal Electric Association.

The third panel, "The Pathways to Policy" will be led by Dale Brill - President, Florida Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

All three panels will be moderated by Susan Glickman, Florida Business Network for a Clean Energy Economy.

State Sen. Dennis Jones and State Rep. Janet Long will give closing comments.

The event is sponsored by Bay News 9, Bright House Networks, the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, Florida Business Network for a Clean Energy Economy, St. Petersburg College, St. Petersburg Times, and TradeWinds Island Resorts.

The forum will be streamed live at mms://media.spcollege.edu/oil-crisis. The event also will be recorded for later showing in SPC classes or other forums and SPC-TV. Questions can be e-mailed to [email protected].

Forum attendees will receive a gift certificate for a one-night stay (pending availability) at The Tradewinds Resort in St. Pete Beach.

Register for the free event at Free at http://www. floridacleanenergy.biz

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