Phuc Nguyen ♦ 2014 Global Scholars Symposium
Title: Progressive Pathway to the Energy Problem: from Personal Experiences to Global Perspectives
Abstract: The world population reached 7 billion in 2012, and by the middle of the century, there will be more than 9 billion people on the planet. Our growing population will place great demands on food, water, and especially energy. That puts a lot of pressure on the energy industry, which for the last 100 years since the first industrial revolution has relied on fossil resources. Although the proven reserve of conventional energy resources such as coal, oil, and natural gas are enough to power society for at least another century, environmental impacts, energy security, and sustainability are the driving forces for developing progressive pathways toward a greener and more sustainable future. During my time at the University of Kansas, I have developed my interests in the energy industry. I have been lucky enough to visit several countries on three different continents to learn about their industry and their approaches to the energy problem. I will provide a brief summary of the energy problem and potential solutions by analyzing the energy industry of the U.S., New Zealand, and Germany.