The world is facing an energy crisis. We can stick our heads in the sand, and wait for the looming dangers to wreak havoc on the global economy, or we can be proactive and build solutions to problems that will be here before we know it.
T. Boone Pickens is a vocal advocate for being proactive when it comes to energy policy and investments. In the latest installment of Big Think’s Edge, Pickens explains the current energy situation and how private industry and governments need to work towards greater sustainability.
His ideas for energy independence have inspired support from members of Congress on both sides of the aisle. In 2008, Pickens, the chair of BP Capital Management and the author of The First Billion is the Hardest, launched a campaign presenting his solutions for reducing America’s dependence on oil. Called “The Pickens Plan,” it created discussion among candidates during the 2008 presidential election. And since then, he's only become more determined to ensure sustainability in the U.S.
“We’re stuck with oil and natural gas, I’d say, for at least twenty or thirty years,” he says. “Now where do you go to get away from fossil fuels?” Pickens explains his ideas in this week’s Edge. Watch a preview of his exclusive workshop on energy policy and sustainability solutions. Sign up today for a free 14-day trial to Edge to learn insights from Pickens and other thought leaders.
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A new study explores how certain personality traits affect individuals' attitudes on obesity in others.
- The study compared personality traits and obesity views among more than 3,000 mothers.
- The results showed that the personality traits neuroticism and extraversion are linked to more negative views and behaviors related to obesity.
- People who scored high in conscientiousness are more likely to experience "fat phobia.
The rise of anti-scientific thinking and conspiracy is a concerning trend.
- Fifty years later after one of the greatest achievements of mankind, there's a growing number of moon landing deniers. They are part of a larger trend of anti-scientific thinking.
- Climate change, anti-vaccination and other assorted conspiratorial mindsets are a detriment and show a tangible impediment to fostering real progress or societal change.
- All of these separate anti-scientific beliefs share a troubling root of intellectual dishonesty and ignorance.
The history of the Geneva Conventions tells us how the international community draws the line on brutality.
- Henry Dunant's work led to the Red Cross and conventions on treating prisoners humanely.
- Four Geneva Conventions defined the rules for prisoners of war, torture, naval and medical personnel and more.
- Amendments to the agreements reflect the modern world but have not been ratified by all countries.
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