Posts Tagged ‘Oil’

On Monday, November 23, the Council will be joined by Ambassador Richard Jones, Deputy Executive Director of the International Energy Agency. He will discuss the IEA’s current analysis of energy supply and demand and the implications for energy security and the environment. The Economist wrote about current and future demands for oil and included a chart displaying the IEA’s projections. Ambassador Jones will be speaking with energy expert David Victor, Professor at UC San Diego’s School of International Relations and Pacific Studies and Director of the School’s new Laboratory on International Law and Regulation.

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In the first of two programs this month about oil, Peter Maass spoke last Thursday about his latest book, Crude World: The Violent Twilight of Oil. The book took him around the world as he searched for the stories most never hear: the heavily polluted waterways from the Amazon to the Niger Delta; the impoverished villages mere feet from high-tech refineries; and the dictators, such as Equatorial Guinea’s president Teodoro Obiang, who have remained solidly in power because of foreign dependence on their oil. The talk was attended by a number of high school students, many of whom had met with Maass beforehand as part of the Council’s Schools Program, and a number of them inquired of Maass about the best gas to buy, asking if there are any “blood-free” companies. There are, Maass noted, but he added that all oil has problems, mostly environmental, even if it comes from politically-stable countries like Canada or Norway. Maass ended on an optimistic note, citing transparency as the key to changing the way the world treats oil. The more open governments are about their policies and practices, the better choices consumers can make.

Tomorrow evening the Council will host Rayola Dougher, Senior Economic Advisor at the American Petroleum Institute. Dougher will speak to the benefits of further developing the United States’ petroleum resources.

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Oil—The Resource Curse

Oil and its future across the world is the focus of the current issue of Foreign Policy. Peter Maass contributed a lengthy article highlighting key oil flash points from Nigeria to Venezuela, Kazakhstan to Saudi Arabia. Maass will join us next Thursday, October 8 to discuss these challenges in depth.  You can read his article, “Scenes from the Violent Twilight of Oil,” here.

To present an alternative view of the oil and energy resources debate, Rayola Dougher, Senior Economic Advisor at the American Petroleum Institute, will be at the World Affairs Council on Thursday, October 15. Dougher will discuss industry perspectives and the benefits that responsible policy in the energy sector can provide Northern California and the world.

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