Schlafly Bottleworks, Maplewood, MO
Why Do We Keep Burning Coal? Should We?
The Stifel & Quinette Jens Professor of Environmental Engineering Science
Director of the Consortium for Clean Coal Utilization
Department of Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering
Moderated by: Cynthia Wichelman, M.D.
Global demand for energy is rapidly rising, while at the same time there is growing concern that the continued use of fossil fuels—especially coal—is irreversibly damaging our world. Coal accounts for 43% of electricity production in the U.S., 80% in China and 75% in India. Why has coal become such an integral part of our energy mix? Does it need to be? Are there ways to utilize coal while having minimal impact on the environment? These and other questions concerning the global challenges associated with our demand for clean, reliable, affordable energy will be addressed.
Science On Tap is a place where, for the price of a beverage, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. Meetings take place outside a traditional academic context, in the Crown Room at Schlafly Bottleworks.
Meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the month during the academic year, usually from 7:00 - 8:30 PM. The standard format is as follows: 20 minutes of presentation, followed by a 7 minute break for attendees to introduce themselves to each other at the table, and then an hour of discussion. Seating is limited to the first 100 people. No reservations accepted.
Room at the Schlafly Bottleworks
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