Nov. 9, 2023





Mr. Wrightstone's  presentation will be about historical warming trends and atmospheric CO2 trends, their impact on our environment and civilization, and do the current trends mean we have a climate crises.

Temperatures during the recent Little Ice Age (1250 to 1850 A. D.) were likely the coldest of the last 10,000 years and resulted in horrific climatic effects on humanity.  Accompanying the cold were crop failure, famine, pestilence and mass depopulation. The coldest part of the Little Ice Age occurred in the late 17th century and the planet has been warming in fits and starts now for more than 300 years and can be viewed as a beneficial recovery to typical temperatures of the last 10,000 years

The modest warming (1.2 degrees C) since the mid-1800’s, combined with a 50% increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide, has resulted in remarkable benefits to earth’s ecosystems and improvements to the human condition. 

By nearly every metric examined, we find that the planet and humanity are thriving and prospering.  Deserts are shrinking; rainfall is modestly increasing; droughts are declining; vegetation is increasing in nearly every niche (planetary greening; global wildfires are declining; and extreme weather related deaths have declined dramatically.

Most importantly, warmer temperatures and more CO2 are fueling agricultural yields that continue to break records. The warmer temperatures mean that growing seasons are lengthening. Increasing CO2 is turbocharging crop growth and enhancing drought resistance.

There is a strong correlation between the rise and fall of temperature and the rise and fall of civilization.  Each of the past three warm periods (Minoan, Roman and Medieval) were all warmer than current temperatures and coincided with the rise of great empires. Food was abundant and life was good. Each intervening cold era led to crop failure and mass depopulation.

So relax - all of the above does not point to a climate crises.








Registration & Walk-ins 

All attendees are encouraged to register and pay online for this event.  This is a more efficient means of registering for the event and enables the registration process at the meeting to move much faster.  Walk-in space is available on a seat-limited basis at a fee more than the on-line registration fee.



To secure the health and safety of all attendees, SPE-GCS will apply the following Covid-19 safety protocol guidelines: 

  1. Masks, gloves and hand sanitizer will be available on site at the registration table
  2. Attendees who are sick will not be permitted to enter the event. This is without exception.



Parking for this event
The TOTAL Plaza building (1201 Louisiana Street across from the Houston Hyatt Regency Hotel) is connected to the downtown Houston tunnel system.  Using the tunnel system, those working downtown can walk to our meeting in air-conditioned comfort.
If you will drive to this meeting, the following summarizes available parking:
The image above shows how to access the club parking area at the new location of the Petroleum Club. Enter from Milam Street and exit onto Louisiana Street.  Parking fee paid at central meter outside building entrance via credit card. Valet parking is also available - a $10 discount sticker is available at the registration table.  
Surface parking lots are available to the south of the TOTAL Plaza building (between this building and the former EXXON Building), including one surface lot adjacent to the TOTAL Plaza Building - pay at meter (cost ~ $9).  Other surface lots in the area cost $8 - $9 and they frequently are full by mid-morning.
Parking is also available in the Hyatt Regency Hotel parking garage across the street.  Prices vary depending on time in the garage.  Cost for 2 hours of parking is $12.  

Featured Speakers

Speaker: Gregory Wrightstone , Executive Director, CO2 Coalition
Speaker Gregory Wrightstone , Executive Director, CO2 Coalition

Gregory Wrightstone is a geologist and executive director of the CO2 Coalition.  He is also the author of the bestselling book Inconvenient Facts – the science that Al Gore doesn’t want you to know.  He was an “Expert Reviewer” for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (AR-6). He was also …

Gregory Wrightstone is a geologist and executive director of the CO2 Coalition.  He is also the author of the bestselling book Inconvenient Facts – the science that Al Gore doesn’t want you to know.  He was an “Expert Reviewer” for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (AR-6). He was also co-author of the first comprehensive evaluation of the Marcellus Shale that was published as part of AAPG Memoir #97 Giant resources for the 21st century.

Mr. Wrightstone has authored and co-authored more than 200 papers, publications and commentaries concerning climate change and energy. He is a frequent guest for media outlets on television, radio, and podcasts, having done nearly 300 interviews in 2022 alone.

He had a 35-year career in the energy industry, focused primarily on the Appalachian Basin of the eastern United States, culminating in his role as a founding partner and VP of Exploration for Mountaineer Keystone.

He has geology degrees Waynesburg College (BS) and West Virginia University (MS).


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Phone: (281) 627-8790

Date and Time

Thu, Nov. 9, 2023

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central

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Petroleum Club of Houston

TOTAL Plaza, 1201 Louisiana St, 35th Floor
Houston, Texas 77002

Group(s): General Meeting