This item has been sitting on my desktop for a couple of days, and as a result, I'm afraid I've forgotten where I saw the link to it originally, but this page from UC Berkley's web site is a serious keeper. It contains the agenda and links to web videos of a series of lectures offered at Berkley in April of 2006, at an event honoring the contributions of Berkley physicist and California Energy Commissioner Art Rosenfeld to the advancement of green building and appliance standards.
As a survey of the research into the nature of the problem we face and an introduction to the enormous impact of this one man, it's interesting viewing (the accompanying Power Point slides can be found on this page at the CEC's site), but it's more currently valuable in that it contains presentations from two of the three energy team players Obama announced last week, Secretary of Energy designate Stephen Chu and Director-designate for the Office of Science and Technology Policy, John Holdren. Both speeches are well worth the time, and give a good sense of the positions of these two important players in the upcoming administration.
As an added bonus, there is a presentation by Joseph Romm, Deputy Assistant Secretary at DOE during the Clinton administration, and a compelling analyst on energy issues both before and since (Romm's blog on climate issues is here). Two highlights from Romm's (2006) speech:
I'm pretty happy about both Chu and Holdren, as well as Carol Browner at EPA, but I hope Romm gets put to use in government this time around as well - he's too good to waste.