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Beyond Boom to Bust: The Changing World of Energy

Conference : Focus the Nation - February 4-6, 2009

Opening event 7:00pm on Wednesday, February 4, 2009, in McConomy Auditorium: Peter Tertzakian

Peter Tertzakian photo 

We'll be talking about 2008 for a long time - record boom to record bust in the span of a few short months. On top of that, there are the ongoing issues of environment, energy security, and economic prosperity high on the list of global policy makers. What lies ahead as we go into 2009 and beyond? What do the events of 2008 mean to the evolution of energy commodities and the repercussions to the North American oil and gas Industry?

Please join us in hearing Peter Tertzakian, Chief Energy Economist of ARC Financial Corporation, discuss the changes that have led us to the current situation; explore the dynamics of today's energy commodities; offer go-forward perspectives on the sustainability of trends and prices; and interpret what it all means to North America's upstream oil and gas industry. 

Best selling author of A Thousand Barrels a Second: The Coming Oil Break Point and the Challenges Facing an Energy Dependent World, Peter Tertzakian is one of the world's leading energy investment firms. Peter's background in geophysics, economics and finance, combined with his entrepreneurial spirit, helped him rise from the trenches of hands-on oil exploration fieldwork to become an internationally recognized, top-ranked expert in energy matters. Often seen and heard through media outlets around the world, Peter's been a featured guest on many high-profile radio and television shows including The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. In print, Peter has been featured in US News and World Report and has contributed editorials to widely read publications. He also writes a weekly column, ARC Energy Charts, and is a sought after public speaker. Peter has an undergraduate degree in Geophysics from the University of Alberta, and a graduate degree in Econometrics from the University of Southampton, U.K. He also holds a Master of Science in Management of Technology from the Sloan School of Management at MIT.

National discussion on the future of US energy and climate policy, Thursday, February 5. Viewing of the national webcast, "The First 100 Days," and discussion lead by civil and environmental engineering professor Cliff Davidson.

February 6 workshops and panels on: Making the built environment more sustainable; community decision-making for siting new energy sources; the economics and policy of climate change; citizen engagement for green jobs, and more....

For more information, please visit the Focus the Nation website.

Sponsored by The Steinbrenner Institute, Carnegie Institute of Technology, Graduate Student Assembly, Department of Chemical Engineering, Sustainable Earth, Eco-Reps, Heinz College and the Tepper School of Business.