In recent years, North America has been viewed as a declining domain where domestically produced oil, natural gas and renewable energy would have difficulty keeping up with rising demand. Americans have voiced concerns about energy supply, pricing and security.
However, the American energy industry is experiencing a renaissance in the global natural gas market -- and oil could be next. This business boom, focused primarily on vast unconventional resources but also including renewable energy and driven by American ingenuity and technological innovation, portends a possible shift of the center of gravity in the energy world back to the Americas by the 2020s, away from the troubled Middle East, with positive consequences for the U.S. economy and global position.
The purpose of the North American Energy Resources Summit, to be hosted by the Baker Institute Energy Forum and Washington, D.C.-based consultants PFC Energy, is to highlight the vast endowment of natural resources coming to the forefront in North American energy markets and the policy challenges associated with large-scale development.
The summit will feature significant speeches by senior government officials from the United States, Canada and Mexico, as well as top oil industry and environmental leaders, policymakers and industry commentators.
As turmoil spreads across the Middle East, the need for a coherent energy policy in the Americas is reaching critical importance. Americans want to learn more about improving our potential energy options and the environmental consequences of increasingly available fuels. The North America Energy Resources Summit will address the emerging policy trade-offs between the need for secure energy supplies to fuel our daily lives and increased awareness of the need for environmental stewardship toward a greener energy system.
- Video 1: North American Energy Resources Summit: Opening Session and Keynotes
- Video 2: North American Energy Resources Summit: Armchair Session
- Video 3: North American Energy Resources Summit: Panel I
- Video 4: North American Energy Resources SummitI: Panel II and Closing Remarks
- Read the Rice News story about the summit, "Potential of North American oil and gas resources topic of Baker Institute energy summit."
9:00 am Opening Remarks
The Honorable Edward P. Djerejian, Founding Director, James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy
9:10 am Setting the Stage: America's Energy Challenge
Peter H. Lehner, Executive Director, Natural Resources Defense Council
Grasping Opportunity: Why It Is Important and What Should Be Done
The Honorable John M. Deutch, Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
10:00 am Keynotes - North American Energy Potential
Canadian Energy and the Oil Sands
James E.C. Carter, Retired President & Chief Operating Officer, Syncrude Canada Ltd.; Corporate Director, Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation
11:15 am Coffee Break
11:45 am The Future of Energy in the Americas, CEO Armchair Session with the Honorable Edward P. Djerejian
James T. Hackett, Chairman and CEO, Anadarko
The Honorable Philip R. Sharp, President, Resources for the Future
Scott S. Nyquist, Director, Global Energy Practice, McKinsey & Company
12:30 pm Lunch
1:45 pm Panel I: Unconventional Oil and Gas Resources in North America, Moderator: Kenneth B. Medlock III
U.S. Shale Gas: Magical Thinking and the Denial of Uncertainty
Arthur E. Berman, Petroleum Geologist and Consultant
Gas Decline Curves in the Marcellus Shale Play
Terry Engelder, Professor of Geosciences, Pennsylvania State University
Raoul LeBlanc, Senior Director, Financial Advisory, PFC Energy
3:00 pm Coffee Break
3:15 pm Panel II: Environmental Constraints to Development, Moderator: Ronald L. Sass
Environmental Constraints to Development
John Hanger, Special Counsel, Eckert Seamens
Environmental Impact Shale Gas
Ian Duncan, Program Director for Earth and Environmental Systems, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin
Shale Gas and Its Environmental Footprint
Robert B. Jackson, Nicholas Professor of Global Environmental Change, Duke University
Alberta's Oil Sands Resource Potential: Environmental Challenges
Richard Dixon, Executive Director, Centre for Applied Business Research in Energy and the Environment, Alberta School of Business
4:30 pm Closing Remarks: U.S. National Issues
Thomas L. Carter, Jr., Founder, Chairman & CEO, Black Stone Minerals Company
Amy Myers Jaffe, Wallace S. Wilson Fellow in Energy Studies, James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy