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Energy Debate - National Youth Energy Policy Conference

When it comes to our energy future, the decisions we make today will have the largest impact on our children. Which is something students at the Youth Policy Summit in Lawton are keenly aware.
Energy Debate - National Youth Energy Policy Conference

Jeremy Kranowitz, Education Director

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Show 1020: Energy Debate - National Youth Energy Policy Conference

Air date: May 16, 2010

 

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Rob:  Well when it comes to our energy future, the decisions we make today will have the largest impact on our children; which is something the young people in our next story our keenly aware of.

Our Courtenay DeHoff takes us to the youth policy summit in Lawton, Oklahoma.

[students talking]

Courtenay DeHoff:  These high school students are in the middle of a tough debate.

The issue at hand, the future of energy in Oklahoma.

Kori Hughes:  I found that for natural gas for instance, there, you know, there’s a lot of political backing for it, but at the same time, there’s a lot of opposition.

Courtenay:  Jeremy Kranowitz is the Education Director for the week-long conference in Lawton, designed to reach the young people future energy is going to affect.

Jeremy Kranowitz:  We really are trying to arm the next generation to do a better job than we’ve done today; and so it is in that spirit that we do programs like this, where we are trying to truly find and create a cadra of tomorrow’s leaders.

Courtenay:  An exercise students like Kori Hughes are taking serious.

Kori:  We’re trying to double the efficiency of current and future energy production, you know, over the next 50 years.  I want to be able to breathe and I want, you know, our successors to breathe, you know.  So, right now there is cap and trade emission bills being passed through Congress right now and I’m hoping that bill does go through, you know.  It seems like, you know, a good solution to some of our, you know, emission problems right now.

Courtenay:  Making this conference as much about their future as it is about the grade.