According to Rebecca Watson, "Most people don't know where their energy comes from, or what produces it." Nor do they realize how their individual decisions affect the environment and economics at large.
"We have an environmental impact when we get in our car and drive to work every day," she says. "People in America have a choice of what type of vehicle they drive."
Seems simple enough. But even Watson a partner at Hogan & Hartson law firm in Denver and former assistant secretary of the Department of the Interior for lands and minerals management knows that such considerations often wind up toward the bottom of long lists for many people. And that's where her own efforts come into play.
At Wednesday's Colorado College presentation, her goal is to inform the public on "why we should care about energy, what energy resources are available federally, and how to balance the environmental and economic trade-offs when we use energy resources."
She'll certainly talk about more than just driving hybrids; Watson often insists people influence policy through voting and buying smaller homes. She also urges people to conserve energy in the home.
A broader-based solution, she says, lies in turning from fossil fuels to alternative energy resources and renewable energies such as natural gas, wind and solar power, geothermal energy and biomass. All of the above are abundant in the Rocky Mountains.
"Energy diversity is what we need to look for," she says. "There is no silver bullet of energy out there."
Rebecca W. Watson presents "The Rockies as National Energy Supplier: The Role of Federal Lands and Resources"
CC's Gates Common Room in Palmer Hall, 1025 N. Cascade Ave.
Wednesday, Dec. 13, 7 p.m.
Free; call 389-6607 for more.