Climate and Clean Energy Solutions the Focus of Civil Counterpoints Event

The discussion among experts and the audience will take place Oct. 3 at the Allen Theatre in the Student Union Building.


Aside from politics, perhaps no subject has created more polarized points of view among the American public than climate change.

Even as temperatures continue to reach extremes and the intensity of hurricanes seems to have dramatically increased this season, climate change has been at the forefront of international discussions on sustainability, carbon emissions and global warming.

Though the public discourse on climate change often focuses on questions related to the science, the reason why it has become so politicized has nothing to do with science – and everything to do with solutions. At its core, climate change is a tragedy of the commons that requires collective action to solve; yet for many, collective action implies government legislation that must be avoided at all costs.

Is there a way to tackle this challenge? Are there climate solutions that would be acceptable across the political spectrum? Policy experts look for answers in a shifting political atmosphere that may signal less global cooperation; market analysts argue that market forces and capitalism are pivotal to shaping approaches to global warming; clean energy advocates point to the economic benefits of investing in the local economy.

Experts from Texas Tech University and an advocacy organization will pose a diverse range of perspectives on climate policy solutions, clean energy and what this means for Texas on Tuesday (Oct. 3) in the second installment of the Civil Counterpoints initiative at 5:30 p.m. in the Allen Theatre of the Texas Tech Student Union Building. Audience interaction is encouraged, and a reception with the expert guests will follow.

“Civil Counterpoints is a campus-wide dialogue series that encourages thoughtful discussions about controversial topics,” said Kent Wilkinson, the Thomas Jay Harris Regents Professor in Hispanic and International Communication in the College of Media & Communication. “The turmoil surrounding the 2016 election and troubles on a number of university campuses last year motivated a group of ideologically diverse faculty to organize a series of gatherings where expert guests interact with each other and the campus community.”

Experts for this installment of Civil Counterpoints include:

Eric Bucy, the Formby Professor of Strategic Communication in the College of Media & Communication, will moderate the discussion.

Civil Counterpoints is a collaboration among faculty members from the College of Media & Communication, the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources and the Honors College to encourage civility and open mindedness in discussions of controversial topics.
The event is free and open to the public.

For more information on Civil Counterpoints, including dates and topics for future discussions, go to its website.

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Climate Science Center


The Climate Science Center (CSC) at Texas Tech University conducts interdisciplinary research to address the interactive effects of climate variability across the full array of landscapes within the South Central U.S. We provide the science, tools, and information to link current conditions with regional climate projections, and examine the real-world decision making and planning that can be used to best anticipate, monitor, and adapt to this projected climate change.


Texas Tech School of Law

The Texas Tech School of Law is a leader among Texas law schools with a 16-year average pass rate of 90 percent on the State Bar Exam.

A small student body, a diverse faculty and a low student-faculty ratio (15.3:1) promotes learning and encourages interaction between students and professors.


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The Texas Tech University College of Arts & Sciences was founded in 1925 as one of the university’s four original colleges.

Comprised of 15 departments, the College offers a wide variety of courses and programs in the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, mathematics and natural sciences. Students can choose from 41 bachelor’s degree programs, 34 master’s degrees and 14 doctoral programs.

With just under 11,000 students enrolled, the College of Arts & Sciences is the largest college on the Texas Tech University campus.

In fall 2016, the college embarked upon its first capital campaign, Unmasking Innovation: The Campaign for Arts & Sciences. It focuses on five critical areas of need: attracting and retaining top faculty, enhancing infrastructure, recruiting high-potential students, undergraduate research and growing the Dean’s Fund for Excellence.