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The hydrogen economy: making the transition to the third industrial revolution and a new energy era

  • Date(s)
    8 May 2007
  • Time
    1:00pm
  • Location
    Old Theatre, London School of Economics

As part of the Ralph Miliband Program, LSE held a lecture from 1-2:30pm on 8 May 2007 in the Old Theatre with Jeremy Rifkin, President of the Foundation of Economic Trends in Washington DC.

In his lecture, Rifkin critically examined the fossil fuel era and its consequences for industrial civilization. He explored the nexus of politics, society and business, and the massive potential hydrogen energy presents for industry and capital investment. The lecture also considered the future of renewable energy and the hydrogen economy, and how an integrated infrastructure and new energy regime can be created in Europe. Environment Minister David Miliband was invited as a special guest.

Jeremy Rifkin is the President of the Foundation on Economic Trends in Washington DC, EU Parliament and government advisor, activist, economist and writer. He is also a Senior Advisor to the European Parliament's Leadership Group on Renewable Energy.

In this capacity, he advises Chancellor Merkel of Germany, Prime Minister Prodi of Italy, and President Jose Manuel Barroso of the European Commission. He also advises Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in California on this issue.

You may find attached a copy of an energy declaration that Mr. Rifkin provided for the EU Parliament leadership group. The document, entitled "The Five Pillars for a Third Industrial Revolution" has been distributed in Brussels and Strasbourg over the past four weeks.  To date, over ten of the leading NGOs in Brussels, and close to 200 MEPs from all six major parties, have signed on to a written statement of support for the enclosed draft energy platform.

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