Monday, June 30, 2014, 7:30 – 8:45pm

Robert Bryce: Innovation Will Save the Planet

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5.

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Across the world, companies are creating new technologies to combat today’s economic and environmental challenges. Robert Bryce explores this trend — the opposite of what global catastrophists want to see — and offers insight into how this innovation will make the world a better place. In Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper: How Innovation Keeps Proving the Catastrophists Wrong, Bryce cites international examples of modern advances like mass-produced fertilizer, new energy sources, and advanced drill rigs, offering insight into how they’re creating a happier, freer, and ultimately, better world. Bryce is a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and the author of four books, including Power Hungry: The Myths of “Green” Energy and the Real Fuels of the Future.

Presented by: Town Hall and University Book Store, as part of the Civics series. Series supported by The Boeing Company, the RealNetworks Foundation, and the True-Brown Foundation. Series media sponsorship provided by The Stranger and KUOW.
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2 Comments

  1. Carey
    Posted June 30, 2014 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

    Worst speaker I have heard at Town Hall. Uses “the numbers” selectively to make his points, but without whole systems thinking. Yet always good to witness the bad with the good to better understand the positions and thinking that will provide real progress.

  2. Richard Burke
    Posted July 9, 2014 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    A great speaker who gave a talk chockablock full of thoughts. It was a challenging and great talk. His approach is different from a spoon-feeding Town Hall speaker, dribbling out one idea at a time. Rather Mr Bryce launched his thoughts at, and into, the audience. Those who were alert, interested and awake were treated to an intellectual ride; those in the audience who came for a formal afternoon tea at The Empress in Victoria, were left gasping.
    His views didnt jibe completely with the normal mores of Town Hall talks because not all ideas were thrown out as neatly wrapped presents. He acknowledged short comings of the reality his thoughts painted, but told us “we ALL have to deal with it”. A vocal majority of the audience wanted Mr Bryce to recant his ideas because the conclusions (environment degradation is inexorable) were messy. He acknowledged the global outcome wasn’t what we wanted to face and hear, but is inevitable if things are going to keep getting better for earth’s inhabitants – as it has been for the past 2 or 3 decades. And he did “do the math” to prove his thoughts. Many folks seem to elide over the numbers.
    His insights on significant global improvements through better technology (better, faster, smaller, cheaper) are wonderfully true. Improved energy storage (ie, battery improvements) are what mr. Robinson would be saying to Benjamin if a remake of ‘The Graduate’ was made in 2014.
    Kudos to Mr Bryce for hsi ideas, Town Hall for a lively presentation.

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