Nuclear advocate and nuclear opponent to debate June 10th at The Commonwealth Club
- By Stephen Heiser -
As sweeping energy legislation winds through Congress, the chiefs of Chevron and The Sierra Club will sit down – for the first time ever – to address their vision for powering America’s future. Chevron CEO Dave O’Reilly and Sierra Club Executive Director Carl Pope both agree that new fuels and efficiency will play an important role in meeting growing global energy demand. Yet they have different views on the role of fossil fuels and the pace – and cost – of a transition to a low-carbon economy.
"As President Obama has shown us, sometimes unusual partners have to come together to find common ground,” commented Pope. “Our energy issues are more critical than ever, and we're eager to hash out our differences and debate the best way to pursue a clean energy future."
“America’s prosperity was built on a foundation of finding common ground for the common good,” O’Reilly said. “And today we must seek common ground in securing America’s energy future. I look forward to a conversation that focuses on how America will meet its long-term energy needs while addressing environmental concerns.”
Founder of The Commonwealth Club’s Climate One program, Greg Dalton, who organized the program added, “This debate comes at a critical juncture. Washington is considering rewriting the rules on energy and environment and the stakes are high for both of these heavyweights.”
O’Reilly was elected chairman and chief executive officer of Chevron Corporation on January 1, 2000. The Dublin, Ireland native was previously vice president of Chevron Corporation and chief operating officer at Chevron Chemical Company. Upon his graduation from Ireland’s University College he began his career at Chevron as a process engineer.
Pope became Executive Director of the Sierra Club in 1992. He co-authored the book Strategic Ignorance: Why the Bush Administration Is Recklessly Destroying a Century of Environmental Progress. He has worked with the Sierra Club for more than 30 years and has served as a board member for the National Clean Air Coalition, California Common Cause, and Public Interest Economics Inc. In January 2009, Pope announced his plans to step down once a successor is hired.
The discussion will be moderated by Alan Murray, a regular contributor to CNBC and online executive editor of The Wall Street Journal.
The Commonwealth Club’s Climate One program is a leadership dialogue that engages people from business, government, advocacy groups and academia in conversations about energy, the economy and the environment. Recent Climate One guests include oil tycoon Boone Pickens, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Google CEO Eric Schmidt. The goal is to spark dialogue and action toward a global, low-carbon economy. www.climate-one.org.
Founded in 1903, The Commonwealth Club of California is the nation’s premier public affairs forum, with more than 18,000 members. Based in San Francisco and San Jose, the nonprofit and nonpartisan Club hosts over 500 speeches, debates and discussions each year on issues of regional, national, and international significance. www.commonwealthclub.org.
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