The Nexus of U.S. Energy Policy, Climate Science, Freedom and Prosperity Recap

March 11, 2022

All the things we care about tie back to one simple question: Can you turn your lights on in the morning?

Whether it’s cryptocurrency in Iceland, marijuana cultivation in Colorado, or a  small woman-owned business in Ethiopia, the need for cheap, abundant electricity is critical. Across the globe, Power = Power. But how do we plug in every person on the planet without killing the planet?

Steamboat Institute’s Energy and Climate Summit featured in-depth discussion, debate and analysis by climate scientists, members of Congress, government officials, filmmakers,  educators, and nationally recognized journalists.

Watch the speaker panels below and click the title links below to see panel-specific webpages with more information.

Read Steamboat Institute’s recap report on the event HERE.

“Unsettled: What Climate Science Tells Us, What It Doesn’t and Why It Matters”


Steven Koonin, Ph.D.

Undersecretary for Science in the Obama Administration Energy Department Author of Unsettled: What Climate Science Tells Us, What It Doesn’t, and Why It Matters

“Should America Rapidly Eliminate Fossil Fuel Use to Prevent Climate Catastrophe?”


Alex Epstein

President and Founder of the Center for Industrial Progress Author of Fossil Future: Why Global Human Flourishing Requires More Oil, Coal, and Natural Gas–Not Less

Andrew Dessler, Ph.D.

Professor at Texas A&M University Author of Introduction to Modern Climate Change

(Moderated by Dan Njegomir – Editorial Page Editor at Denver Gazette)

“Why an All of the Above Energy Strategy, Including Oil, Gas and Coal, is Essential”

Featuring Aurelia Skipworth Giacometto Businesswoman, biologist and lawyer
Director of U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service 2019-2021 Chris Wright CEO of Liberty Oilfield Services (Moderated by Drew Bond – Cofounder and President of C3 Solutions)

“The Cost of Climate Alarmism”


Bjorn Lomborg, Ph.D.

President of the Copenhagen Consensus Center Author of False Alarm: How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts the Poor, and Fails to Fix the Planet

“Avoiding Blackouts: The Future of U.S. Energy Policy and Lessons Learned from the 2021 Texas Power Outage”

Featuring Robert Bryce Producer of the documentary film Juice: How Electricity Explains the World Author of A Question of Power: Electricity and the Wealth of Nations
Blu Hulsey
Senior Vice President at Continental Resources
Jacki Pick Deason Host/Producer of The Jacki Daily Show

“The Impact of Current Global Crisis on U.S. National Security, Energy Policy, and Your Family’s Freedom & Finances”


James Carafano

Vice President for National Security and Foreign Policy, The Heritage Foundation

Lakshman Guruswamy, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus, International Environmental Law, CU Boulder

(Moderated by Philip Wegman — White House Reporter for Real Clear Politics and Tony Blankley Senior Fellow at the Steamboat Institute)

“The American Energy, Jobs and Climate Plan”


Micah Chambers

Legislative Director for U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND)

Co-author of The American Energy, Jobs and Climate Plan

“Carbon and Climate Catastrophe”


Patrick Moore, Ph.D.

Director of the CO2 Coalition Founder and Past President of Greenpeace

Author of Fake Invisible Catastrophes and Threats of Doom