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Can the renewables energy sector coexist with the fossil fuels industry?

January 23, 2020

The fossil fuels industry has come under increasing scrutiny and criticism in recent years, with the renewables energies sector gaining more prominence. However, since the debate on climate change is a political hot potato, this has often obscured facts and truth regarding the actual impact of the fossil fuels industry, and whether the renewable sector is a realistic and immediate alternative that will completely replace the fossil fuels industry. This conversation brings together two experts on the subject, who will discuss the extent to which the two energy sectors can coexist, and the future of energy policies in general in the United States and beyond.

Dr. Todd Moss
Dr. Todd Moss
Executive Director, Energy for Growth Hub

Dr. Todd Moss is founder and executive director of the Energy for Growth Hub. He is also a visiting fellow at the Center for Global Development, a nonresident scholar at the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute, and a fellow at the Colorado School of Mines’ Payne Institute. Previously, Todd served as U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, as chief operating officer of CGD, and has worked at the London School of Economics, Georgetown University, the World Bank, and the EIU. He is a widely recognized expert on energy, development finance, and foreign policy who has testified to the U.S. Congress ten times. Todd is the author of African Development: Making sense of the issues and actors (eds. 2007, 2011, 2018) and Oil to Cash: Fighting the resource curse with cash transfers (2015). He holds a PhD and MSc from the University of London’s SOAS and a BA from Tufts University. In the early mornings, Todd also writes international political thrillers.

Dr. Nadege Compaore
Dr. Nadege Compaore
Provost Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Toronto

Nadège Compaoré is a Provost Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto, where she is also affiliated with the Environmental Governance Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs. She received her PhD in Political Studies from Queen’s University, where her research on the global governance of oil revenues was informed by extensive fieldwork in Gabon, Ghana, and South Africa, and was funded by national grants such as the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Centre for International Governance Innovation, and the Canadian International Development Agency. Her work lies at the intersection of International Relations, Natural Resource Politics, African Politics, as well as Gender & Race in Global Politics. She is co-editor of New Approaches to the Governance of Natural Resources: Insights from Africa (Palgrave), and her work has also been published in journals such as International Studies Review, Etudes Internationales, Millennium: Journal of International Studies and Contemporary Politics. Nadège is a Fellow at the Centre for International Defence and Policy, and she currently serves on two boards: the Canadian Association of African Studies, and Women in International Security Canada.