The key to human development is energy and having reliable access to energy is a factor in determining how much development is possible. Many of the areas most afflicted by lack of energy access actually have enormous energy resources—both fossil and biomass, but also renewable resources. The challenge in addressing such a blunt paradox is to find a balance where everyone on the planet has energy access, while the planet confronts its gravest issue—climate change.
This talk was presented on October 26, 2016 as part of the MIT Energy Initiative’s Fall Colloquium.
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