A coordinated approach to energy, economic and environmental policies was called for in a letter delivered to U.S. President-elect Barack Obama and his transition team by AAPG President Scott Tinker.
Tinker said it is important to “build a fossil energy bridge to an alternative energy future,” and he offered some facts and ideas to approach the challenges.
In addressing these challenges, Tinker noted:
Ideas offered for the president-elect’s consideration were:
Tinker said it would be “far better to advocate energy security,” which would emphasize:
“Energy security is an achievable goal, both here in the U.S. and across the globe,” Tinker wrote, “but the U.S. must lead by balancing and integrating its economic, energy and environmental policies to deliberately and progressively achieve this shift to a new energy future.
“If we do not lead with a steady and well-considered approach, the world will either continue to use fossil fuels almost exclusively or make abrupt unilateral leaps into an alternative future, either of which would have unintended and severe consequences.
“In 2008 my energy-related travels have taken me to four continents to interact with governments, industry and academe,” he continued. “Your election has created a global buzz unlike anything I’ve seen before. It is an exciting opportunity for the U.S. to provide global leadership.”
Scott W. Tinker, AAPG President (2008-09), is director of the Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas at Austin and Texas state geologist. Tinker also holds the Allday Endowed Chair in the Jackson School of Geosciences at UT-Austin. He has been a Distinguished Lecturer for AAPG as well as Distinguished Ethics Lecturer for the AAPG.