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"Road Map" Out of the Energy Crisis to be Laid Out at UNM Tonight

September 18, 2008

Albuquerque, NM - Lately, many of the news headlines about energy have contained the word "crisis," but at least one man is offering possible solutions at an event in Albuquerque tonight. Arjun Makhijani is a scientist, and president of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research; he says the key is focusing on energy efficiency and renewable power sources, such as solar and wind energy.

"The United States is a paradise of renewable energy resources, including New Mexico. New Mexico has plenty of solar energy and plenty of wind energy."

Makhijani has written a book, "Carbon-Free and Nuclear-Free: A Roadmap for U.S. Energy Policy." His view is that, with all the problems surrounding fossil fuels, from national security to global warming, Americans can't afford not to break our oil addiction. He says it's the right economic move, too.

"We can do it at reasonable cost. I think overall, we would be paying a little less for energy than we do today, if we did the right things."

His roadmap also calls for new "smart grids," capable of storing energy from renewable sources when the wind isn't blowing or the sun isn't shining. Makhijani says his plan is laid out over the next three to four decades, and believes New Mexico is in a good position to lead the way. His presentation is free and open to the public, starting at 6 p.m. at the University of New Mexico Law School.

Eric Mack/Kevin Clay, Public News Service - NM