50th Anniversary Energy Summit Report

Nearly 100 Morongo Basin residents attended MBCA's 50th Anniversary Energy Summit on January 26 in Yucca Valley.

Keynote speakers Angelina Galiteva and S. David Freeman were described as "impressive" and "challenging" speakers.
Dr. Galiteva described the growing number of renewable energy achievements in California, noted in the Event Summary and illustrated in her PowerPoint slides. Mr. Freeman strongly emphasized that citizens must advocate for legislation demanding changes to move quickly toward 100% renewable energy.

The afternoon panel of four regional conservation leaders each described their organization's goals that are - in different ways - focused on desert preservation, environmental education, and climate change awareness. Links to their PowerPoint slides can also be found within the event summary below.

Here is the You-Tube video of all the speakers and a timecode list to point to each speaker. Thanks to Bob Stephenson for the video and to Steve Bardwell for producing the time-stamp table.

Here are some evaluation responses from those attending:

In a few words, what comes to mind if someone asked what you learned at today’s event?

  • tremendous success in renewable energy sources and use in CA
  • need to go on offense, not just defense!
  • We need to have a positive message not just be “against” things.
  • Much more technical info about conservation actions in CA
  • Solar/wind is our most promising energy resource and storage maybe the other challenges
  • A great deal.
  • Society needs to become “proactive.” Technology is moving fast and will facilitate any political movement.
  • Angelina is very knowledgeable about renewable energy issues, and David is knowledgeable and somewhat argumentative. :>)
  • Excellent speakers – challenging!
  • Nice hearing from panels’ younger people.
  • Enjoyed speakers very much!
  • This needs more exposure.
Here are clickable/downloadable PDF documents and PowerPoint slides with much more detail:
MBCA again thanks the Sponsors of our Desert-Wise Living Series: Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency, Golden State Water Agency, Hi-Desert Water District, Joshua Basin Water District, Movaje Water Agency, Southern California Edison, and Twentynine Palms Water District.

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