Blown over by 200 folks coming out on a Friday night for a presidential lecture series at Texas Tech University
October 12, 2018 - Texas Tech - Lubbock, TX
An engineering professor, an oil and gas executive and a recovering politician go on stage with a master teacher and communicator. It's not a set up of a joke; it really happened at Texas Tech in a great Presidential Lecture Series attended by over 200 people.
Dr. Katharine Hayhoe was our host, master teacher and communicator. Dr. Michael Webber was the engineering professor who thrilled us with a look into the future. Joey Hall was the talented oil and gas company executive who's played nearly every role in the oil and gas business. (He's now Executive Vice President, Permian Operations for Pioneer Natural Resources.) And the recovering politician? Well, that was yours truly, making the case to fellow conservatives that climate change is real and, thank goodness, human-caused.
On stage Dr. Hayhoe walked through the science, Dr. Webber explained that we can engineer a cleaner energy future, and with Joey Hall displaying the can-do, get 'er done spirit of Texas, I was indeed glad to think that climate change is human-caused, especially when you consider President Kennedy's commencement address at American University in June of 1963:
Let us examine our attitude toward peace itself. Too many of us think it is impossible. Too many think it unreal. But that is a dangerous, defeatist belief. It leads to the conclusion that war is inevitable—that mankind is doomed—that we are gripped by forces we cannot control.
We need not accept that view. Our problems are manmade—therefore, they can be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings. Man's reason and spirit have often solved the seemingly unsolvable--and we believe they can do it again.
Change "peace" to "sustainability" and "war" to "climate change" and you'll know the tenor of what was said on stage in the Texas Tech stop of our EnCourage Tour.