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Talking Green: The Future of Coal – September 26

Tuesday, September 26
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Fellowship Hall
846 Oak Street, Steamboat Springs
paul komor
Does coal have a future in the United States?

Coal use in the United States is down dramatically, and coal prices remain low. Yet the current administration, and some countries (notably India and Vietnam) are turning to coal to provide electricity for growing populations. Is coal coming back, or will it fade away? Paul Komor will lead a discussion of how coal powered the United States for much of the 20th century, why coal use in the U.S. is way down, and what the future holds for coal.

Paul Komor is a University of Colorado at Boulder faculty member and a Steamboat Springs resident. For his work with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Paul was named a contributor to the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.



Paul Komor was the founder of CU’s energy certificate programs and was CU’s Energy Education Director from 2009 to 2014. He taught energy courses at CU from 1997-2014, and is currently a faculty affiliate of CU’s Environmental Studies (ENVS) department.

Prior to joining the University of Colorado faculty, Paul was a Project Director at the U.S. Congress’ Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), where he worked with both House and Senate Congressional Committees in preparing and evaluating energy legislation. His 1992 report, “Building Energy Efficiency“, played a major role in the debates that culminated in the Energy Policy Act of 1992.

Prior to joining OTA, he taught at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. He holds a B.S. from Cornell University, and a M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University. He has published numerous refereed articles, reports, and other papers; and in 2004 published a book, Renewable Energy Policy, that compares U.S. and EU experiences with renewable energy policies. That book is required or recommended reading for courses at University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), University of Denver (DU), University of Utah, Robert Gordon University (UK), and elsewhere.

In 2001, Paul was awarded the Diebold Foundation Fellowship for European policy studies and spent 2001 as a Visiting Academic in the Environmental Policy Group at Imperial College, London. In 2005, Paul was selected as the 2006 MAP/Ming Visiting Professor of Energy and the Environment by Stanford University, where he spent six months at Stanford researching and teaching on renewable energy policy and technology.

In 2007, Paul shared in the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) “for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change.” The IPCC consists of a large number of scientists and researchers – including Paul, who co- authored a chapter on “Mitigation Options for Human Settlements” in the IPCC’s Second Assessment Report. For his work with the IPCC, Paul was named a contributor to the Nobel Peace Prize.