PSU Environmental Science Colloquium to Discuss Energy Supplies, Usage

April 3rd, 2007 by Adam

Are we running out of oil? Are there any promising alternative energy sources being studied? Plymouth State University will host an energy expert Wednesday, April 11, at 4 pm at the Environmental Science Colloquium discussing these questions. The talk will be in the Boyd Science Center in room 001 and is free and open to the public.

John Allen, PSU adjunct faculty, presents ‘Energy, Fuels and Sustainability,’ a look at our energy usage history and future possibilities.

The current emphasis on renewable energy has its roots in the 1974 oil shortage, which precipitated much discussion concerning alternative energy sources and the reduction of dependence on fossil fuels as well as consideration of environmental impacts. This seminar will explore comparisons between the energy pictures of 1974 and the present as well as within the U.S. and abroad. What has changed since then? What are the technological improvements that now make some of the formerly farfetched energy alternatives practical? Have we squandered the last 30 years after the mid-70s wake-up call? Topics emphasized include peak oil, the renewable energy resources, as well as the impact of policy non-decisions.

John Allen received his bachelor’s from the U.S. Naval Academy and worked for over ten years as a military aviator. He has also studied in the U.K. and has a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. John was a tenured Associate Professor at the U.S. Naval Academy, where he taught engineering for 14 years. Since 1992, he has also worked as a forensic engineering consultant and expert witness.

The Environmental Science Colloquium is a series of talks organized by PSU’s Center for the Environment. Established in 2004, the goal of the Center is to address the science, policies, culture and economics of the natural environment in northern New England through research, education and collaboration. For more information, visit

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