Energy Forum In South Bend

By: Sarah Platt Email
By: Sarah Platt Email

A panel of energy experts, from an economics professor, to an oil company representative was on hand at an Energy Forum in South Bend today.

Each expert presented their thoughts on the costs of energy and the ways we're dealing with it, or as some would say, not addressing the issues.

Congressman Joe Donnelly presided over today's discussions.

One panel member says prices are the result of high demand, not enough refineries in the U.S., and too much reliance on foreign countries.

The cost of natural gas energy was also discussed.

Natural gas prices have doubled since 2000, and some experts say costs are only going to go up.

Solar panel roofing, geothermal heating and cooling, and energy from wind turbines were among the other energy issues discussed.

“We have wind, solar [energy], right here in our own district. Also, a company that produces hydrogen energy, so we have opportunity to get off of an oil-based economy,” says Congressman Donnelly.

“I think it's a solution to mix all of the factors together. The increased miles per gallon in our vehicles is a key component, the other factor is to go with the alternate energy that is available in the Midwest, which is ethanol,” says Tom Fair of Bellman Oil.

Not everyone today agreed with certain ideas that were brought up, but everyone had the chance to voice their opinions and ideas.

Most did agree that it would take years to fully implement any ideas that will eventually move forward.

Congressman Donnelly says there will likely be another Energy Forum again.

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