Conference Session
Leading the Energy Revolution

Presented by Debbie Cook


Abstract: It has been said that energy is the master resource, essential to life and human progress.   Energy moves us, feeds us, warms us, and entertains us.   Whether we use energy wisely or wastefully depends upon our understanding and knowledge.  But energy literacy is at an all time low.  Can our ability to meet the challenges of our energy future be overcome with better thinking about energy?  In this session we will seek a better understanding of energy through Deming’s “lens of profound knowledge.”

Debbie Cook

Biography: Debbie is a former Mayor and Council Member from the City of Huntington Beach, California.  She served on many regional boards and commissions including the Southern California Association of Governments, League of California Cities, Orange County Sanitation District, and the California Desalination Task Force. 

In 2008, Debbie was the Democratic Party nominee for the 46th Congressional District.  Her campaign attracted national attention and support for its focus on our nation’s energy vulnerabilities.

Debbie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Earth Science from Cal State Long Beach, a Jurisdoctorate from Western State College of Law, and a license to practice law in California. Debbie is also a graduate of the Kennedy School of Government National Preparedness Leadership Initiative and Great Valley Leadership Institute.

Debbie currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors of Post Carbon Institute and advisor to the Association for the Study of Peak Oil.  Debbie is a frequent lecturer and writer on energy and water issues.

Contact: Debbie can be reached by e-mail at for additional information about this conference session.

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