Talking about the future of energy in Pennsylvania, Boston, Colorado, Minneapolis, San Francisco, and New York City

Before the Lights Go Out, my book on the future of energy in the United States, comes out on April 10th. I'm going to be traveling a bunch over the next couple months, doing presentations and panel discussions in several different cities. I wanted to take a minute to post the list of events here. Events are grouped by month. I've put stuff that's planned for May, June, and July under the cut. Hope you can make it to one of these events!


• March 27 at Penn State Institutes on Energy and the Environment: "6 Things Scientists Can Learn From Science Journalists", 4:00 pm in 112 Walker Building.

• March 29 at York College of Pennsylvania: "Putting the Fun Back in Infrastructure"—7:30 pm in WOLF 204 DeMeester Recital Hall.


• April 2 at Skeptics in the Pub, Boston, Mass.— 7:00 pm at Tommy Doyle's in Harvard Square. Please RSVP.

• April 4 at MIT: "Shedding Light, Online", a discussion about how blogging and a dynamic audience helped shape my book, Before the Lights Go Out—4:00 pm in Maseeh Hall. Please RSVP.

• April 6 at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Details TBA.

• April 9-13 at University of Colorado, Boulder: 64th Annual Conference on World Affairs

• April 10 at Colorado State University, Fort Collins: "Putting the Fun Back in Infrastructure"—3:30 pm in the Rocky Mountain Innosphere.

• April 21 at Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul: Earth Day Tweetup event with Will Steger and Sean Otto—events run 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.


• May 2 at University of California, Berkeley: "Putting the Fun Back in Infrastructure"—6:00 pm, location TBA.

• May 3 at the American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter—Lunchtime lecture, time and location TBA.

• May 3 at Barnes and Noble, El Cerrito, Cali.—7:00 pm.

• May 30 in New York City—Panel on local and DIY energy with the New America Foundation, date and time TBA


• June 22-25 in Aspen, Colorado: Aspen Environment Forum


• July 5-8 at CONvergence in Minneapolis, Minn.—exact times and dates TBA


  1. Could anyone in the hive mind here point me to an article/answer to the following, re climate change: 

    All fossil fuels will, eventually, be burned off.  So if society burned all available fossil fuels tomorrow — to be, in a sense, done with it — how much worse is that than burning all available fossil fuels over the next decade or century or whatnot. 

    I recognize that this mostly goes to the total ability of the Earth to reabsorb atmospheric CO2 (and other greenhouse gases) over time and the deficit in that reabsorbtion rate compared to natural and artificial production of C02, but would love to see if and how someone has compared this against the total supply of fossil fuel.


    1. I’m afraid I don’t know enough about the atmospheric lifetimes of greenhouse gases to answer this question off the top of my head. But it’s an interesting one. I might look into that if I get a chance. 

    1. I’d love to. But I’m organizing and financing this thing on my own. So here’s what I’m telling people: If you want me to come to a place that’s not already on the list, let’s crowdsource it into reality. 

      You know the local lay of the land better than I do. Do you know people/organizations/university professors who have a venue where I could speak? 

      If we can get that, and we can get enough people to chip in to cover travel expenses, I’m willing to go just about anywhere. 

      If you’re serious and want to brainstorm some on this, contact me. I’m at maggie.koerth@@gmail:disqus .com. There’s a signed copy in it for anybody that can help me organize something like this. 
      And it’s worked before. I just found out that another reader helped me get a gig at Carnegie Mellon on April 6th!

  2. Not going to read your book unless you talk about LFTR reactors.  Gotta spread the Thorium word to be legit.

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