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Experts, environmentalists, politicians to discuss energy at Beaver Creek

BEAVER CREEK – People hear about oil in the Middle East all the time – how much there is, how expensive it is, when we’re going to run out. But what about how much energy exists on the home front? And not just the natural gas refineries in the Gulf of Mexico, but right here in Colorado, in the High Country. Any idea about what riches Colorado has beneath the ground or what should be done with them?Seventeen experts from the energy and environment sectors will gather in Beaver Creek this weekend to discuss energy issues facing the region and state during “Forecast for the Future: What Happens to Colorado in the Oil End-Game,” hosted by the Vail Symposium. “This conference will bring a remarkably impressive field of experts and visionaries from the energy realm right to our valley,” said Fraidy Aber, the executive director of the Vail Symposium. “The purpose of the conference is to create a forum for the important dialogue on our energy choices – both locally and statewide, both personally and within government and companies.”A public conference on energy in our valley has not occurred in the last decade,” Aber said. “Society is on the crux of tremendous changes in the field of energy, public sentiment is extraordinarily high and municipalities around the country are creating policies and long-term planning with energy as a key aspect.”The conference will focus on Colorado’s participation in the country’s energy market, including the impacts of new oil shale developments, which are expected to expand during the next 18 months.Keynote speaker Scott Tinker, the Texas state geologist and professor at the University of Texas, will talk about the balance between energy, environment and economy. And Congressman Mark Udall, D-CO, will talk about Colorado’s Energy Initiative. “(This forum will) help us to focus on Colorado’s increasingly important role as China, India and the U.S. put escalating demands on the world’s supply of energy and mineral resources,” said Vince Matthews, the Colorado state geologist and director of the Colorado Geological Survey.


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