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Simmons and Kunstler to talk in Dallas

Matthew R. Simmons & James Howard Kunstler

The Unfolding Energy Crisis and its Impact on Development Patterns

Tuesday, 6:00 - 9:45 PM, November 1, 2005

Location: Wesley Hall at the Highland Park United Methodist Church - located on SMU's main campus at the corner of Mockingbird and Hillcrest,

In recognition of the pivotal economic role of oil supply and demand, starkly illustrated by the effects of recent events, and given the ultimate impact of energy availability on sustaining development in North Texas; the Greater Dallas Planning Council and the SMU Environmental Science Program invite you to attend this timely evening seminar. Matthew Simmons and James Kunstler are coming to Dallas for one evening to share their vision of oil’s future and how we can adapt and plan for a new era of energy use and sustainable development.

Matthew Simmons is Chairman and former CEO of Simmons & Company International, a specialized energy investment banking firm. This past spring, Simmons published a book titled Twilight in the Desert: The Coming Saudi Oil Shock and the World Economy which focused on the limits of Saudi oil production, and proposes that the world is currently (or will very soon be) at peak production ( As Saudi Arabia possesses the world's largest reserves, he thinks that world oil production will be declining even as energy demands continue to increase with increasing world population and greater development in China and India.

James Howard Kunstler is an urban planning advocate, journalist and novelist ( He has written several books dealing with the suburban condition including The City in Mind, The Geography of Nowhere, and Home from Nowhere. His most recent book, The Long Emergency, deals with the problem of suburban sprawl and how it could be impacted by the energy crisis. Importantly, he advocates smart urban planning solutions, and the benefits of decentralized energy use in more compact communities.

Tickets can be purchased online beginning September 30, 2005 at and

Tickets are $20 for General Admission, $5 for Students with valid ID

For more information contact:
Bonnie F. Jacobs, Director
Environmental Science Program
Southern Methodist University
P.O. Box 750395
Dallas, TX 75275-0395
Ph: 214-768-2743

Editorial Notes: Reader JB says: "The tickets go on sale on 9/30/05. We have seating for 750. I would advise anyone wanting to go to buy tickets ASAP." -BA

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