|September 22, 2006
WHO: Democratic candidate Jerry McNerney is now
running against incumbent Richard Pombo for Congressional District 11.
Jerry McNerney is a nationally recognized expert in wind engineering
and renewable energy. He holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from the
University of New Mexico. He worked for several years as a contractor
at the Sandia National Laboratories on Kirtland Air Force Base,
employed on national security programs. In 1985, he accepted a senior
engineering position with US Windpower (Kenetech), and in 1994 he
started working as an energy consultant for PG&E, FloWind, The
Electric Power Research Institute, and other utility companies.
McNerney is now the CEO of a start-up company that intends to
manufacture wind turbines.
WHAT: A talk on " America's Energy Future"
According to McNerney's web site:=20
"The United States needs a 'sustainable energy' plan because our
economy depends on it, our environmental health requires it, and our
position as a global leader requires it. We need a new model for the
future and leadership on this issue now, before our reliance on fossil
fuels results in a catastrophic collapse of the economy or the
environment, or a large scale international conflict over the world=92s
"A central feature of such a plan will be to quickly and significantly
reduce our consumption of fossil fuels while promoting a more
prosperous economy. Reducing our use of fossil fuels is critical to
the long-term national security of the United States, the strength of
our economy, the health of our children, and the future of the global
environment. Most of the technologies needed to reshape our energy
future are at hand; what=92s lacking is the political will to use them.
We can=92t drill our way out of oil dependency, we have to invent our
way out of it. American ingenuity can drive the process and new
American jobs will be the dividend."
WHEN: 7:30 p.m., September 28, 2006
WHERE: Art Lecture Hall, Gavilan College, 5055 Santa Teresa Blvd.,
Gilroy, CA 95020
WHY: This lecture is part of the voter education programming of the
Gavilan College Associated Student Body.