ENERGY GEOPOLITICS

Speaker: MICHAEL ECONOMIDES
Speaker MICHAEL ECONOMIDES
PROFESSOR UNIVERSITY of HOUSTON MICHAEL J. ECONOMIDES is a Professor at the Cullen College of Engineering, University of Houston. His professional interests include petroleum production and petroleum management, with a particular emphasis on natural gas, natural gas transportation, LNG, CNG and processing, economics and geopolitics.    Previously he was the Samuel ...

PROFESSOR
UNIVERSITY of HOUSTON






MICHAEL J. ECONOMIDES is a Professor at the Cullen College of Engineering, University of Houston. His professional interests include petroleum production and petroleum management, with a particular emphasis on natural gas, natural gas transportation, LNG, CNG and processing, economics and geopolitics.


 


 Previously he was the Samuel R. Noble Professor of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University and served as Chief Scientist of the Global Petroleum Research Institute (GPRI). Prior to joining the faculty at Texas A&M University, Professor Economides was the Director of the Institute of Drilling and Production at the Leoben Mining University in Austria.  Dr. Economides also worked in a variety of senior technical and managerial positions with a major petroleum services company.


 


Dr. Economides does a wide range of industrial consulting, including major retainers by national oil companies at the country level and by Fortune 500 companies. He has had professional activities in over 70 countries. In addition to his technical interests, he has written extensively in wide circulation media in a broad range of issues associated with energy, energy economics and geopolitical issues. He also appears regularly as a guest and expert commentator on national and international television programs.


 



Publications include authoring or co-authoring of 14 professional textbooks and books, including “The Color of Oil” and “From Soviet to Putin and Back” and over 200 journal papers and articles.  He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Energy Tribune


 


He is the co-author of a new book entitled "The Energy Imperative" . 


 



Through the generosity of a sponsor, copies of Dr. Economides new book, "THE ENERGY IMPERATIVE", will be given to the first 160 attendees "in the door" at this meeting.



 


 




Full Description
     JOINT MEETING with the THE HOUSTON CHAPTER of the AMERICAN PETROLEUM INSTITUTE
 
The past few years have been eventful in the world of energy and geopolitics.
 
     Oil prices climbed to almost $150 per barrel and then completely, unexpectedly, suddenly, dropped to around $40.  This decline was prompted by the “credit crisis” and then compounded by economic recession. As should be clearly expected, prices have been climbing recently.  While the calculated world break-even price of oil should hover around $65, geopolitical headlines rule the price and the world is constantly one headline away from far larger oil prices.  There is a great probability that oil will top $100 before the end of 2010.
 
     There is a substantial imbalance in the location of energy producers and consumers.  This imbalance has precipitated world conflicts and will likely cause future upheavals. Prominent among these areas is the Middle East, where five of the six countries with 75 billion barrels of reserves are located.  The Straits of Hormuz, through which one third of all trans-national oil trade passes, is a geopolitical choke point.
 
     Energy militant nations, such as Iran, Venezuela and over the last few years, Russia, hold considerable sway over the energy trade.  Iran’s nuclear enrichment program has had a measurable impact on oil prices. In Venezuela, Hugo Chávez has led a Latin American populist insurgency, has totally re-nationalized his country’s oil industry and has taken a very militant and hard-line position towards the biggest consumer of Venezuelan oil, the United States.  Russia’s energy ascendancy over the past decade has been an important counterbalance to the power of OPEC.  However, recent re-centralization of Russia’s energy industry, amounting to what we have called re-Sovietization, has given rise to what can easily be described as energy imperialism (see www.soviettoputin.com ).
 
     One obvious bright spot for the future is that energy consumption in the generation of wealth, and the forms of primary energy sources, have not been constant throughout the last two centuries.  Of considerable significance is the change of fuels from wood to coal to oil and now to natural gas.  Eventually, hydrogen will play a role. Wide use of electricity in transportation is the only obvious long-term, decades away, future.
 
     Distorting the economically sane path to the future is the confusion deriving from the current lack of overlap between primary energy sources, such as oil and natural gas, and improbable ideas for alternative energy sources, such as the practically energy-negative bio-fuels (headed by ethanol) or even more impractical alternatives, such as solar electricity.
 
     Compounding the issue even further is the entire rhetoric of global climate change, its presumed anthropogenic component, and the proposed solutions, bound to add to energy costs and impact energy availability.
 
 
 
 
Through the generosity of a sponsor, copies of Dr. Economides new book, "THE ENERGY IMPERATIVE", will be given to the first 160 attendees "in the door" at this meeting.
 
Please register prior to the event to facilitate improved planning and admission. Walk-ins will be accepted on a first come/ first serve basis as space allows.
 
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Spinach Salad with Ranch/Bacon dressing
Roasted Top Sirloin w/mushroom sauce        
Au Gratin Potatoes
Italian Crème Cake
 
 
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Organizer Barry Faulkner

When?

Tue, Dec. 14, 2010
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. US/Central

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PETROLEUM CLUB OF HOUSTON
800 BELL STREET
HOUSTON, TEXAS 77002
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