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Vail Symposium’s first Active Minds program looks at U.S. energy policy

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyA free Vail Valley Active Minds presentation on Wednesday will focus on U.S. energy consumption and acquisition.

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado –Vail Symposium’s Active Minds Series kicks off the summer season with a look at United States energy policy. Wednesday’s program will be taught by Active Minds co-founder John Henderson at the Singletree Community Center at 5:30 p.m. Like all Active Minds presentations, the event is free to the public.

“We feel it is crucial to look at U.S. energy policy – especially in a time when the world is looking at new ways to support a more sustainable world,” said Carrie Marsh, executive director of the Vail Symposium.

The Vail Symposium, a 38-year old nonprofit, will be focusing around the idea of “Rethink” this summer and beyond. For example, one statistic warns if you combine all of the renewable sources in the United States, all of them add up to be less than 7 percent of what we actually consume. A new way of thinking about a more sustainable lifestyle is necessary.

In December, Denmark will host one of the largest conferences in history where global leaders will gather to discuss energy and its affect on the state of our climate and environment. We will hear more about the conference in the world news as the date nears and this course will give community members the fundamentals of what some of these leaders will discuss.

“The presentation will begin with an overview of U.S. energy consumption as well as acquisition, we will look at where our energy comes from and where we use it,” Henderson said. “We will review all types of energy from past to current use as well as current use of renewable energy sources. Then we will look into the pros and cons of each energy source.

“The presentation will conclude with the current debate of the new Obama administration,” Henderson continued. “In this early part of the administration we will look at the direction they are going as well as discuss the changes that are being made.”

Henderson will also compare the Bush and Obama administrations to evaluate changes that are taking place.

The presentation will not focus on global climate change but will briefly look at fossil fuels.

“We will look at the increasing debate in the face of global climate change and whether or not nuclear power is part of that,” Henderson said.

As a part of the Vail Symposium’s mission to offer affordable educational opportunities in the Vail Valley, Active Minds courses have been offered since the summer of 2006. The program is designed to introduce impartial understanding of historical, timely and sometimes controversial subjects. The Symposium partners with Denver-based Active Minds for Seniors and Eagle County to produce these programs.

What: Vail Symposium’s Active Minds presentation on U.S. Energy Policy

When: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Singletree Community Center in Edwards

Cost: Free

More information: call 970-476-0954 or visit

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