Friday, July 24, 2009

OSU prof to speak at Peak Oil Conference in Denver in October

Click on the graphic to go the conference page.

Not that people should incur the carbon emissions or use the energy needed to travel to a conference (Nearly all the organizations should reject the "conference" model, but ASPO should be a leader here, figuring out how to use our resources to provide a "distributed conference" in hundreds of cities at once, spreading the knowledge and reducing the energy use.)

However, what's most interesting is that peak oil awareness is ever-so-slowly making its way onto the agenda of Oregon institutions. But if you look at ODOT's plans, you'd see that those plans presume infinite cheap oil for the next century or more (see here and here for just two of the most expensive current examples).

System Reset: Global Energy and the New Economy

Sheraton Hotel, Denver, Colorado
October 11-13, 2009
New!! Optional Workshop October 10

Early registration ends Aug 7, 2009!
Register now and save $100!

ASPO-USA, in concert with ASPO-International, invites you to join energy experts, investors, utilities, representatives from federal, state, and local governments, and others in Denver, Colorado for ASPO-USA's 5th annual Peak Oil Conference.

Session Topics Include:

  • The Great Recession and Energy Markets
  • Natural Gas Game Changers
  • Charting a Sustainable Future
  • Analysis from "The Oil Drum" Writers
  • Climate Change, Carbon Capture and Sequestration
  • The Media: On the Watch or Asleep at the Wheel?
  • Navigating Competing Priorities In Energy, Food, and Water Policy
  • Well, Don't Just Sit There! Examples from the Forefronts of the Transition
  • Stalking the Wild Taboo: Population, Carbon Taxes, and Nuclear Energy
Saturday Pre-Conference Optional Workshop:
Survive & Thrive After Peak Oil: Creating Personal Plans for the Coming Decades
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Confirmed speakers include:

  • Matthew Simmons, leading peak oil analyst and author, "Twilight in the Desert"
  • Kevin Phillips, author, "American Theocracy: The Peril & Politics of Radical Religion, Oil, & Borrowed Money"
  • Tom Petrie, Founder, Petrie, Parkman, Inc. / Merrill Lynch
  • Susan Capalbo, Chair, Dept. of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Oregon State University
  • Marcio Rocha Mello, President, HRT Petroleum, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • David Shields, journalist, author "Pemex: The Oil Reform, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Chris Martenson, creator, "The Crash Course"
  • Ray Leonard, Vice President of Exploration, Kuwait Energy
  • Robert Hirsch, energy consultant, US DOE, author of the Hirsch Report
  • Lisa Margonelli, author, "Oil on the Brain"
  • Peter Maass, writer, The New York Times, author "Crude World: The Violent Twilight of Oil"

The world is at a major crossroads - the convergence of peak oil and climate change. Despite challenging economic times, our nation is moving forward with sweeping initiatives to deal with climate change but ignoring the need to mitigate and plan for the peaking of world oil production. Our conference speakers, which include leading financial analysts, international oil industry executives, and peak oil observers, will offer new data and forecasts of our changing resources.

ASPO's four days of information-packed events appeals to a broad spectrum of people in business, public policy, and members of the public concerned with resource supply challenges. Register now to ensure your space and save $100.

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