Border Governors Conference 2008 Part 3

“Existing technology today”, said Nancy McFAdden, Senior Vice President of Pacific Gas & Electric, “could help us meet 50% of future needs.” A featured panelist at the “Conversations on Building Green Economies” at the Border Governors conference, McFadden said the problem is we don’t know how to take existing energy and use it efficiently.

It’s also a matter of direction. First world countries, said panelists, are moving along unworkable, unsustainable pathways. “The developed world,” said Pachauri, has to re-develop,” go a different direction.

“You can’t expect developing nations to see what we do and not want to emulate that. We have to set a different example,” he said.

It’s got to be about more than just us – what we want to do or have.

“We have a much bigger responsibility tan just taking care of ourselves,” said Pachauri.

Border Governors Conference 2008 Notable Beginnings 2

The threads of urgency and awareness were strong throughout the “A Conversation on Building Green Economies” panel on August 13th’s precursor to the Border Governors conference in Universal City, California.

Among the 6 esteemed panelists, Dr. Mario Jose Molina, Professor at U.C. San Diego and the first Mexican to receive the Nobel Prize in chemistry (his research led to the worldwide elimination of CFC’s from aerosols & refrigerators), said there’s no “silver bullet” to ending climate change or global warming.”We have to take many avenues – wind, solar, even nuclear – but we must start now,” he said.

Another Nobel Prize recipient, Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, Director General of Tate Energy Research Institute, offered a positive perspective. “If you reduce emissions, you reduce local pollution and you create jobs,” he said.

We don’t have to wait to make inroads in the right direction. “We don’t have to wait for new solutions to crystallize,” one panelist said.