W&J 2013 Energy Summit slated for April 4

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The Center for Energy Policy and Management at Washington & Jefferson College will hold its 2013 Energy Summit, titled “U.S. Energy Security: How Do We Get There?,” from 1 to 5 p.m. April 4 at the Rossin Campus Center ballroom.


The summit will bring together industry representatives and policy advisers to discuss U.S. energy security in light of the current oil and gas boom.


Current predictions see the U.S. overtaking Saudi Arabia in oil production by 2020, and U.S. development of shale gas has been hailed around the world as revolutionary. The question is whether the boom guarantees U.S. energy security.


The keynote speaker for the W&J Summit is Gen. Charles Wald (USAF Ret.), who will discuss the military’s increasing dependence on fossil fuels and its contribution to ever higher casualty rates and the measures being taken to change this paradigm. The Defense Department is the largest user of energy in the U.S.


Following Wald’s speech will be two panel discussions focusing respectively on the oil and gas booms and their impact on U.S. energy security. The first panel features Anne Korin, Institute for the Analysis of Global Security; Rayola Dougher, American Petroleum Institute; Andrew Holland, American Security Project; and moderator Bill Flanagan of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development.


Issues to be addressed include: Will the United States still be dependent on foreign oil? Will OPEC still matter? What role does climate change have in this analysis?


The second panel will focus on shale gas development and its impact on U.S. energy security, specifically the ongoing controversy concerning the proposed expansion of U.S. exports of liquefied natural gas. This debate, between industrial end-users and natural gas producers who have applied for governmental permission to expand LNG exports, is a debate about energy security. The second panel features Peter Molinaro, Dow Chemical Co.; David Schryver, American Public Gas Association; Daniel Donovan, Dominion Energy; Mark Mills, Forbes and the Manhattan Institute; and moderator Amy Harder of the National Journal.


To register for the summit: www.jayconnected.com/cepm13.


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