Speaker of the House Chris Benge added to Cameron’s Alternative Energy Forum

Oklahoma Speaker of the House Chris Benge has been added to the panel of experts that will share their insights about Oklahoma’s energy past and future during Cameron University’s Public Policy Forum V: Alternative Energy: Promoting and Realizing the New Energy Frontier Today. The event takes place on Thursday, Oct. 28 at the CETES Conference Center from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The forum is open to the public at no charge; pre-registration is required. Lunch will be provided. For more information and to register online, go to www.cameron.edu/history_government/altenfor2.

In response to environmental degradation, the depletion of fossil fuels and global warming, the forum will focus on Oklahoma’s complex and promising energy sector. Oklahoma, and southwest Oklahoma in particular, face challenges to economic growth and prosperity in this key economic sector. Facing these challenges will require the effective use and application of existing resources, creativity, and innovation to find the right mix of energy sources and policies to generate and sustain an enhanced quality of life.

Benge will join panelists Dr. Douglas Catterall, Associate Professor of History, Cameron University; Dr. Brian Frehner, Assistant Professor of History, Oklahoma State University; Dr. John Scott Greene, Professor of Geography, Director and Principal Investigator of the Oklahoma Wind Power Initiative and Research Scientist and Director of the Environmental Verification and Analysis Center, OU; Brian Hobbs, Vice President, Legal & Corporate Services, Western Farmers Electric Cooperative;  Jamie Maddy, Director, Political and Environmental Relations Chesapeake Energy Corporation; Travis Narum, Development Director, Acciona Energy North America; Paul Renfrow, Vice President of Public Affairs for OG&E Energy Corporation and OG&E Electric Services; and Dr. Tony Wohlers, Associate Professor of Political Science, Academic Research Director, Cameron University.

This program is funded in part by the Oklahoma Humanities Council (OHC), the We The People Initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and Cameron University Lectures and Concerts Program.  


October 20, 2010