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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Transport Beyond Oil: 

Energy, Economic, National Security, and Environmental

Implications of Creating New Paradigms for U.S. Transportation


  • Alan Drake – Independent Transportation Research Consultant

America’s reliance on oil as the primary energy source for transportation poses serious risks for our economy, national security, and environment. Charting a wise course for the future of U.S. transportation demands thorough consideration of these risks and the potential benefits of a rapid transition to oil-free modes of travel.

Please join us for an in-depth discussion of new paradigms for transportation in the United States and the implications for America’s future.

Watch this webinar herehttp://www.anymeeting.com/aspousa/EC54DB82804B

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Transportation in an Oil Constrained World


  • Charles Schlumberger – Lead Air Transport Specialist, World Bank; Noted Commentator on Transportation and Energy Issues.

Transportation accounts for roughly 60 percent of world oil consumption–approximately 70 percent in the United States. How will the transportation sector respond to a world of increasingly constrained oil supply and rising global demand? How can America and other countries move toward oil-free passenger and freight transport systems and what would such systems look like?
To address these and other critical questions about the future of transportation in an oil constrained world, please join us for this webinar with two leading authorities on the issue.


Thursday, August  2, 2012

The New Energy-Economic Reality

Featuring Dr. Charles A.S. HallProfessor, School of Environmental Science and Forestry, State University of New York; Co-Author, Energy and the Wealth of Nations; ASPO-USA Advisory Board Member

Dr. Hall will provide an assessment of global energy trends from his perspective as a systems ecologist and pioneer in the emerging field of biophysical economics.  This webinar will examine key concepts regarding energy quality and energy return on investment in the context of current world energy and economic challenges.  A critique of neoclassical economics and its divergence from the laws of physics and ecology regarding energy will be implicit in the discussion.

Dr. Hall will also provide highlights from his recent book, Energy and the Wealth of Nations, co-authored with Kent Klitgaard.


Thursday, June 7, 2012

A National Oil Emergency Response Plan

Featuring Roger Bezdek President, Management Information Services Inc., Co-Author, The Impending World Energy Mess, ASPO-USA Advisory Board Member

This session addresses the acute challenges and immediate-term responses for the United States to a potential constriction in the supply and availability of oil. Dramatic “demand-side” responses will be unavoidable in such an oil supply emergency, however, preparations by both the public and private sector may help mitigate and manage the social, economic, and political impacts of such an emergency. Key topics to be addressed include:

  • Non-price options to allocate oil supplies and minimize economic disruption of price spikes.
  • Impacts on and prospective responses by the transportation sector.
  • Examination of potential timelines with which a near-term oil supply emergency may unfold.


Thursday, May 17, 2012
Shale Oil in Perspective

Featuring Art Berman – Consulting Petroleum Geologist, Noted Expert on Shale Oil and Shale Gas, ASPO-USA Board Member

This session will take a hard look at the current enthusiasm and media hype regarding the potential of shale oil to boost U.S. oil production, including a review of key technical and economic factors that will determine whether such potential is likely to be realized. Key topics to be addressed include:

  • Historical review of oil and petroleum liquids development in U.S. shale oil regions.
  • Critical examination of recent technological and economic changes that are driving new supply forecasts for shale oil.
  • Recent exploration, development, and production experience with select shale oil plays.
  • Assessment of shale oil development in the context of overall U.S. oil and gas trends.


Thursday, April 26, 2012
Oil Exports: Smooth Sailing or Midnight on the Titanic?

Featuring Jeffrey J. Brown Independent Petroleum Geologist, Creator of the Export Land Model, ASPO-USA Board Member

This session will review major trends regarding availability of oil exports on the world market, and the growing tension between oil production and rising internal demand of oil-producing nations as well as China, India, and other emerging economies. Key topics to be addressed include:

  • Review of fundamental export trends and projections for demand growth in oil-producing and developing countries.
  • Critical discussion of export data in the context of overall constraints for world oil supply.
  • Projected timing for reaching critical impasses in the world oil export market.
  • Analysis and discussion of potential scenarios


Thursday, April 5, 2012
Shale Gas Update

Featuring Art Berman – consulting petroleum geologist, ASPO-USA board member, and noted shale gas expert (see NY Times, Rolling Stone, Rice University).

This session will review critical issues regarding commercial development of shale gas plays in the U.S. and the outlook for the near-future. Key topics to be addressed include:

  • Insights on current supply trends.
  • Technical and economic challenges to maintain or increase U.S. shale gas supply.
  • Consequences of sustained low prices for natural gas.
  • Lessons from experience with individual shale gas plays.
  • Interconnections with shale oil development.


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