Tinker Gives TEDx Talk on Energy Transition

Scott Tinker takes the stage at TEDxUTAustin.

On March 5, 2022, Bureau of Economic Geology Director Scott Tinker took the stage at TEDxUTAustin to talk about the challenge — and necessity — of balancing energy access with environmental protection, and the importance of having science-informed discussions on how best to balance these competing needs.

“Energy and the environment: They have to be addressed together or both will fail,” Tinker said. “It’s not simple, the dual challenge. But it is solvable.” TEDxUTAustin is a student-led spin-off of the popular TED talk series that promotes “ideas worth sharing.” Speakers come from across The University of Texas at Austin community and include students, alumni, professors and researchers. Tinker was one of nine speakers who presented ideas at the 2022 TEDxUTAustin event. The uniting title for the talks was “Blueprints,” or perspectives that can serve as a framework for the future.

Tinker’s talk, “The Dual Challenge: Energy and Environment,” is available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnT-PYHaSxA

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