Energy Seminar: Daniel Yergin
On the very eve of publication, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Daniel Yergin shares the themes of his new book and how they relate to current challenges.
At a time of global crisis, the world is being shaken by the collision of energy, climate change and the clashing power of nations. Out of this tumult, Daniel Yergin, global energy expert and master storyteller, draws the new map of energy and geopolitics. Controversial fracking technology has enabled the “shale revolution” in oil and gas which almost overnight has made the United States the world’s number one energy powerhouse. Simultaneously, concern about climate change is driving an energy transition in the search for a low-carbon future.
World politics is also being upended, as a new cold war develops between the United States and China and the rivalry grows more dangerous with Russia, which is pivoting east toward Beijing. Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping are converging both on energy and in opposing America's role in the world, as China projects its power and influence in all directions. The map of the Middle East, which was laid down after the First World War, is being challenged, while the region has been stunned by the recent oil price collapse. All of this has been made starker and more urgent by the coronavirus pandemic.
On the eve of the U.S. presidential election, Daniel Yergin takes the reader on a riveting and timely journey across this new map, illuminating the great issues of geopolitics and energy in our era of rising political turbulence and pointing to the profound challenges that lie ahead.
Daniel Yergin is a highly respected authority on energy, international politics, and economics. He is Vice Chairman of IHS Markit, a leading information and advisory firm with 16,000 employees worldwide. Fortune Magazine described Dr. Yergin as “one of the planet’s foremost thinkers about energy and its implications.”
He is the author of the bestseller The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World. Dr. Yergin is known around the world for his book The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil Money and Power, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. It became a number one New York Times best seller and has been translated into 20 languages.
Dr. Yergin has served on the U.S. Secretary of Energy Advisory Board under the last four presidents. He is on the board of directors of the Council on Foreign Relations, a trustee of the Brookings Institution, where he chairs the Energy Security Roundtable, and a member of the energy advisory board of the Dallas Federal Reserve.
Dr. Yergin holds a BA from Yale University and a Ph.D. from Cambridge University, where he was a Marshall Scholar.
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