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A Century of Challenges

Nicole Foss has a background as biologist, environmental attorney, energy industry insider, and expert in the economics of finance. During her summer 2010 speaking tour of Europe, she spoke at the 2010 Transition Towns UK conference, where she reframed the concepts of peak oil in the context of the financial crisis and instilled a new sense of urgency in all the participants.
She is touring the US this summer and will be speaking at Albany Library (1247 Marin Avenue, Albany CA 94706, Edith Stone Room) on June 12th at 2 pm.

Here’s an interview that she gave on Transition Voice.

If you would like to here her speak, please RSVP to Our venue holds a maximum of 50 people and we expect it to fill up. We will be collecting donations (suggested amount $10 – $20) to help cover her travel expenses.

“Nicole M. Foss is co-editor of The Automatic Earth, where she writes under the name Stoneleigh. She and her writing partner have been chronicling and interpreting the on-going credit crunch as the most pressing aspect of our current multi-faceted predicament. The site integrates finance, energy, environment, psychology, population and real politik in order to explain why we find ourselves in a state of crisis and what we can do about it. Prior to the establishment of TAE, she was editor of The Oil Drum Canada, where she wrote on peak oil and finance.

“Most recently, Foss ran the Agri-Energy Producers’ Association of Ontario, where she focused on farm-based biogas projects and grid connections for renewable energy. While living in the UK she was a Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, where she specialized in nuclear safety in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union, and conducted research into electricity policy at the EU level.

“Her academic qualifications include a BSc in biology from Carleton University in Canada (where she focused primarily on neuroscience and psychology), a post-graduate diploma in air and water pollution control, and an LLM in international law in development from the University of Warwick in the UK. She was granted the University Medal for the top science graduate in 1988 and the law school prize for the top law school graduate in 1997.”

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Posted in Economy, Energy on May 31, 2011