Joe Lassiter: We need nuclear power to solve climate change
Joe Lassiter - Energy scholar
Joe Lassiter focuses on one of the world’s most pressing problems: developing clean, secure and carbon-neutral supplies of reliable, low-cost energy all around the world. Full bio
without access to electricity.
did not have access to clean cooking fuels
in the developing world.
who seem so distanced from us.
the developed world,
have lost hope about the future
campaigns in my own country.
turning the corner
that President Xi has
in his coal and mining industries
figure out how to manage
of those decisions.
for 25 years, since Rio,
by nations around the world.
which are bottom-up agreements,
what they think they can do,
for the vast majority of the parties.
at the independent analyses
are liable to yield,
before us becomes clear.
Energy Information Agency's assessment
implement the climate commitments
around the world
to look at and appreciate.
to continue to grow
that drive heating on the planet.
the race to fossil fuels.
comes from the developing countries,
from the rest of the world,
and Indonesia and Brazil,
move their people
in the developed world.
added to the planet's atmosphere,
and into the land.
that are in place today.
of carbon into the air,
in global mean surface temperatures,
is something we need to appreciate.
different energy choices.
of their natural resources.
that they've followed as a society.
on the surface of the planet they are.
a lot of the time,
go into the choices of countries,
that we need to appreciate
of fracking and shale gas,
to deploy in Germany
to afford to do it.
show interest in nuclear power.
committed to natural gas and to coal,
that comes from Russia,
not power to people.
and low-cost energy,
amount of growth.
has dramatically increased.
$1.90 per person per day.
of China's population
in civil liberties
in the Western world.
massively better nutrition.
is indoor air pollution,
to clean cooking and heating fuels.
that 200 million people in China
to clean cooking fuels.
of its own people,
of coal burning in India,
as much of its energy from coal
can do what they choose,
coal's emissions in time?
this forecast that's in front of us?
if we have the will to do it.
about the magnitude of the problem.
are going to be built around the world.
one-gigawatt coal plants
of what we want,
that rule their countries,
of their citizens to do that.
unless they have a better alternative.
thinking that you should do something
that's going to run for 50 years
that Vinod Khosla used to talk about,
but an American venture capitalist.
China and India off of fossil fuels,
that passed the "Chindia test,"
of the two words.
implement it in their country,
by the people in the country.
that was scalable,
again, that we take for granted.
for that many people
had to go begging
"I won't trade with you,"
the technology shift to occur.
with alternatives that meet that test.
adjusting for intermittency,
better than any other country,
than any other country.
the Chindia test.
that are out there,
that come near to meeting it.
that I'll talk about in just a second.
that are on the drawing boards
developing these say
in position to demo by 2025
if you will just let us.
that could be there in time
backed up with natural gas,
which are still under development.
and yesterday's mindsets.
scientific thinking on radiological health
with the public
of new nuclear reactors.
that we need to use
we regulate nuclear industry.
and 2 to 5 billion dollars
for 5 cents a kilowatt hour;
for 100 gigawatts a year;
waiting for a miracle.
if they can't make it cheap,
is not carry an idea forward,
About the speaker:Joe Lassiter - Energy scholar
Joe Lassiter focuses on one of the world’s most pressing problems: developing clean, secure and carbon-neutral supplies of reliable, low-cost energy all around the world.
Why you should listen
As the Senator John Heinz Professor of Management Practice in Environmental Management, Retired and current Senior Fellow at Harvard Business School, Joe Lassiter studies how high-potential ventures attacking the energy problem are being financed and how their innovations are being brought to market in different parts of the world. In the MBA and executive education programs, he teaches about the lessons learned from these ventures as well as potential improvements in business practices, regulation and government policy. Lassiter also supports University-wide efforts as a faculty fellow of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program and a faculty associate of the Harvard University Center for the Environment.
Following a 20-year career leading technology businesses, Lassiter joined HBS in 1996. He has taught courses in entrepreneurial finance, entrepreneurial marketing and innovation in business, energy & environment. For Harvard University, he taught courses in innovation & entrepreneurship to undergraduates, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows across the University and its affiliated hospitals. From its founding in 2010 until 2015, Lassuter was Faculty Chair of the University-wide Harvard Innovation Lab (Harvard i-lab).
Lassiter received his BS, MS, and PhD from MIT and was awarded National Science, Adams and McDermott Fellowships. He was elected to Sigma Xi.
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