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ASPO-USA conference Oct. 7 - 9: agenda now available

ASPO-USA's 6th Annual Peak Oil Conference will honor its traditional core focus with a full agenda and world-class speakers who understand the global peak oil energy crisis and its complex socioeconomic and geopolitical impacts.

Speakers include Jeff Rubin (Former CIBC Chief Economist), Rear Admiral Lawrence Rice (on the military's Peak Oil Report), Congressman Roscoe Bartlett, Dr. Bob Hirsch, Dr. Roger Bezdek, Dr. Tad Patzek, Chris Skrebowski, Charlie Maxwell, Jeffrey Brown, and other prominent energy analysts.

As Peak Oil Moves into the mainstream, consumer advocate and policy expert Ralph Nader, Climate and Energy advocate Bianca Jagger and many others lend their voices and their support as we bring together energy experts, policy analysts, financial experts and activists to give you the full perspective on what lies ahead. View Full Speaker List

Register Today to take advantage of early registration fees; and join ASPO-USA to gain additional Membership Benefits.

In the wake of deepwater disasters, fear of fraccing and coal mine catastrophes, the whole world is focused on oil and energy. This environment provides Peak Oil watchers with some unique opportunities during this year's conference in Washington.

With a critical mass of peak oil experts at the Capitol Hill Hyatt, just a short walk from the U.S. Capitol itself, we have decided to launch a collateral campaign to take the conference to the elected officials down the street. Right now we're calling this effort "Conference Plus."

In addition to the conference from Oct 7-9, 2010, ASPO-USA is organizing a Senate Briefing, a Congressional Briefing, a major News Conference at the National Press Club, and a number of other activities designed to make our presence, and our message, impossible to ignore. To assist in this effort, we have consulted with some well-respected non-profit groups who know their way around The Hill, and are experts at getting government to do what it is not inclined to do.

“The very words “Peak Oil” seem to often conjure up a scaremongering vision of empty highways. When our UK industry group (ITPOES), after much independent and unbiased research concluded that the peak might come before the middle of the next decade we tried hard to explain what Peak, in our terms means. Globally, we are not running out of oil but our research clearly illustrated that it is going to get fundamentally more difficult to extract the black gold for political, technological and geological reasons and as a result the era of cheap oil is coming to an end. Governments around the world need to plan for this in order to ensure that the scaremongering vision does not to become a reality. Good luck with the ASPO-USA Peak Oil conference and sorry I cannot be there”

Best Regards,
Sir Richard Branson

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Regular Rate Admission Fee will be extended until limits are reached.

Agenda Highlights
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Time Session
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM Concurrent Breakout Sessions 1
TRACK A: Peak Oil: Scenario Planning: Preparing for Days Ahead
Moderator: Dick Vodra, Worldview Two Planning
- André Angelantoni, Post Peak Living
- John Michael Greer, author of The Archdruid Report

TRACK B: The Outlook for Net Exports of Oil, Natural Gas and Coal
Moderator: Ron Swenson, ASPO-USA
- Jeffrey Brown, Independent Petroleum Geologist
- Jonathan Callahan, Independent consultant

1:30 PM to 3:00 PM Concurrent Breakout Sessions 2
TRACK A: Peak Oil: Investing Beyond Oil & Gas
Moderator: Jim Hansen, Ravenna Capital Management
- Charles Schlumberger, The World Bank
- Gregor Macdonald,
- Kevin Hansen, Ravenna Capital Management
- Lily Donge, Calvert Asset Management Co.

TRACK B: Analysis from The Oil Drum
Moderator: Gail Tverberg, Editor, The Oil Drum, "What might trigger a downturn in world oil production"
- Dave Murphy, EROI Institute, SUNY-ESF "EROI, Insidious Feedbacks, and the End of Economic Growth"
- Dave Summers, Curators' Professor at Missouri University of Science and Technology, "Reaching a Peak? of is this just a Technical Challenge?"
- Jeff Vail, Jeff Vail, LLC, Rescuing Suburbia

TRACK C: Message, Media and Outreach
Moderator: Jim Baldauf, Co-Founder and Board Member ASPO-USA
- Tyson Slocum, Director, Public Citizen's Energy Program
- David Room, Co-founder of Bay Localize Board Member ASPO-USA
- Sharon Astyk, Writer and Board Member ASPO-USA

3:00 PM to 3:15 PM Break
3:15 PM to 4:45 PM Concurrent Breakout Sessions 3
TRACK A: Peak Oil: Strategies for Oil & Gas Investing
Moderator: Jim Hansen, Ravenna Capital Management
- Charlie Maxwell, Weeden & Co
- Jason Stevens, Morningstar, Inc.
- Eric Chenoweth, Morningstar, Inc.
- Jim Baldauf, Co-Founder and Board Member

TRACK B: Post-Carbon Responses to the Sustainability Quandry
Presented by Post Carbon Institute
How do energy, economic, and environmental issues impact one another? What can we do to address one problem without making the others worse?

Moderator: Debbie Cook, Board President, Post Carbon Institute
- PCI Fellows Chris Martenson, Cindy Parker, and Tom Whipple; and Post Carbon Reader editor Daniel Lerch.

TRACK C: Energy Alternatives: What Will Work?
Using energy science in Public Policy and the need for an accurate energy scorecard

Moderator: Ron Swenson, Board Member ASPO-USA
- Charlie Hall, Professor, ESF/SUNY: "Assessing EROI for Old and New Energy Technologies"
- Bill James, President, JIT Corp: "Governing by economic work per unit of energy"
- Carey King, Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy, University of Texas: "Envisioning EROI from supply to demand, from old to new energy"

4:45 PM to 6:00 PM Meet and Greet Opening Reception
Join the conference speakers; network. Hors d'oeuvres and cash bar.
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM Evening Keynote: Energy and National Security
Conference Introduction by Roscoe Bartlett

Moderator: Tom Whipple, ASPO-USA
- Lawrence Rice, Rear Admiral - Director of Strategy and Policy U.S. Joint Forces Command
- Michael Klare, Professor Hampshire College
- Daniel Davis, Lieutenant-Colonel United States Army

7:30 PM to 9:00 PM Exclusive Networking Event with Keynote Speakers and Energy Leaders
Limited space available. Pre-registration required. Limited to 100 people and part of the peak aware package


Friday, October 8, 2010
Time Session
7:00 AM to 5:00 PM Plenary Day 1: The Energy Outlook
7:00 AM to 8:00 AM Continental Breakfast
7:00 AM to 5:00 PM Conference Registration
8:00 AM to 10:00 AM The Peak Oil Picture

Moderator: Michael Klare, Hampshire College
- Chris Skrebowski, Energy Institute, London "Latest Analysis of Future Oil Supply Capacity"
- Jeremy Gilbert, Barrelmore Ltd

Question and Answer

Keynote Address: Dr. James Schlesinger, Former Secretary of State and CIA Director "The Peak Oil Debate is Over"

10:00 AM to 10:30 AM Fuel Standards For Trucks: Caveats And Implications For Oil Consumption
- Dr. Roger H Bezdek, PhD, President, Management Information Services, Inc.
10:45 AM to 12:00 PM

Natural Gas: Abundance or Mirage

Moderator: Dr. Tad Patzek, Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin
- Arthur Berman, Director, Labyrinth Consulting Services, Inc.
- Charles Maxwell, Senior Energy Analyst, Weeden & Co

Question and Answer

12:00 PM to 1:30 PM Lunch Keynote and Awards

Oil and the End of Globalization
Jeff Rubin, former chief economist at CIBC World Markets

Presentation of M.K. Hubbert and Whipple awards

1:30 PM to 3:00 PM The Coal Question
Moderator: Dr. David A. Summers, Curators' Professor at Missouri University of Science Technology
- Kjell Aleklett, Uppsala University, Sweden Outlook for Coal
- Dr. David Rutledge, California Institute of Technology, Coal, Climate Change, and Peak Oil

Question and Answer

3:00 PM to 3:30 PM Networking Break
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM The Link Between Energy and The Economy
Moderator: Dr. Robert Hirsch, Senior Energy Advisor MISI
- Dr. Chris Martenson, Energy Analyst and Creator, "The Crash Course"
- Nicole Foss, The Automatic Earth, "The Post-Peak Economy"

Question and Answer

5:00 PM to 5:30 PM Summary / Responder and Wrap-Up

Panel of plenary speakers respond to the days proceedings

Including Jeff Rubin and Charlie Maxwell

5:30 PM to 6:30 PM Networking Reception
Please join us for hors d'oeuvres in exhibit area
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM Evening Keynote and Discussion
"The Impending World Energy Mess - What it is and What it Means to You"
- Dr. Robert Hirsch, Senior Energy Advisor MISI

7:30 PM to 10:00 PM Speakers Dinner
Advanced registration and payment required


Saturday, October 9, 2010
Time Session
7:00 AM to 7:30 PM Plenary Day 2: Beyond Oil: Policy & Solutions
7:00 AM to 8:00 AM Continental Breakfast
7:00 AM to 5:00 PM Conference Registration
8:00 AM to 8:15 PM Opening Remarks
Terry Backer, State Representative, State of Connecticut
8:00 AM to 9:30 AM Systemic Vulnerabilities

Moderator: Dr. Tad Patzek, Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin

The Gulf Spill, the Future of Exploration and the Emerging Liquid Fuel Crisis

- Dr. David A. Summers, Curators' Professor at Missouri University of Science Technology
- Arthur Berman, Director, Labyrinth Consulting Services, Inc.
- Rick Munroe, Energy Security Analyst, National Farmers Union of Canada

Question and Answer

10:00 AM to 10:30 AM Networking Break
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM The Laws of Energy, Technology and Scale
Moderator: Ron Swenson, Board Member ASPO-USA
- Dr. Tad Patzek, Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin
- Ken Zweibel, Director The George Washington University Solar Institute

Question and Answer

12:00 PM to 1:30 PM Lunch and Keynote

Matt Simmons remembrance and establishment of Simmons Memorial Award for Energy Innovation

Lunch Keynote on Energy and Policy by Ralph Nader

1:30 PM to 2:00 PM Networking Break
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM Can We Fill The Gap? Energy, Transportation and Food
Moderator: Debbie Cook, Former Mayor of City of Huntington Beach, Post Carbon Institute

- Dr. Charles E Schlumberger, Principal Air Transport Specialist: "The Future of Air Transportation"
- Anthony Perl, Author, "Transport Revolutions: Moving People and Freight without Oil"
- Fred Morse, U.S. senior adviser to Abengoa Solar: "Large Scale Renewable Energy"
- Sharon Astyk, Writer and Board Member ASPO-USA: "Feeding A Planet after Peak Oil"

4:00 PM to 5:15 PM Where Do We Go From Here?
Question and Answer session with the day's speakers followed by closing remarks


Editorial Notes: Registration is still open. See the conference webpage at Sharon Astyk will be blogging from the conference. She gives her views of the conference in a recent post (ASPO-USA Conference LiveBlog!). -BA

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