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Kentucky Energy Summit

Thursday, October 11, 2007
(in celebration of CAER's 30th Anniversary)
Lexington Convention Center - Lexington, Kentucky
Scheduled to begin at 8:00 am
Cost: $30.00 (includes lunch)
Open to the public

Jim Cobb

Director of the Kentucky Geological Survey
State Geologist
Energy Summit Topic: Coal Research and Development to Support a National Energy Policy

Jim Cobb

Presentation Abstract:
Forecasts for the next 25 years predict increasing use of coal by as much as 70 percent. There is a potential for larger increases if coal-to-liquids and coal-to-gas technologies are developed. Significant for the future of coal but difficult to quantify are concerns over CO2 emissions and global climate change. Potential controls on CO2 emissions, and the technical and economic feasibility of CO2 control measures are significant issues affecting the outlook for the future of coal in the U.S.

Jim Cobb is the State Geologist and Director of the Kentucky Geological Survey, a position he has held for 8 years. He has been at KGS for 28 years and previously worked as a consultant in the Middle East and a coal geologist for the Illinois Geological Survey.

He is an Adjunct Professor of Geology at the University of Kentucky; he is on the executive committees of the American Geological Institute and the Association of American State Geologists, and a member of the Kentucky Board of Registration for Professional Geologists. He is also active in several geological societies: AAPG, AIPG, KSPG and GSA.

For the past two years he served on a committee for the National Research Council looking into the future of coal in the U.S. and federal funding for coal-related research that is the subject for his talk, Coal Research and Development to Support a National Energy Policy.