On May 24, 2016, HARC hosted its inaugural People & Nature Speaker Series event featuring an evening with author and award-winning teacher, Professor Michael E. Webber. Professor Webber gave an entertaining and informative lecture on the nexus of energy and water, sharing fun facts, historical snippets, and anecdotes from his new book, Thirst for Power: Energy, Water and Human Survival.
A leader and teacher in the field of energy development and resources, Dr. Webber explains how energy and water supplies are linked and how problems with either resource can paralyze the other. He shows that current trends in population growth, economic growth, climate change, and current policies are likely to make things worse. Yet, Webber asserts, integrated planning with long-term sustainability in mind can avert such a daunting future. Combining anecdotes and personal stories with insights into the latest science of energy and water, he identifies a hopeful path toward wise, long-range water-energy decisions and a more reliable and abundant future for humanity.
At the University of Texas at Austin, Michael E. Webber is deputy director of the Energy Institute, co-director of the Clean Energy Incubator, Josey Centennial Fellow in Energy Resources, and professor of mechanical engineering. Dr. Webber has served on the HARC Board of Directors since 2013.