Peak Oil Talk on Wednesday

Energy Expert Matthew Simmons Comes to UCSB on January 17.

On Wednesday, January 17, at 5:30 p.m., in UCSB’s Engineering Science Building, Room 1001, national energy strategist Matthew Simmons will share his perspective on key energy issues. simmons.jpg His lecture is part of a series entitled “Technology; Change, and Challenge,” and he’ll discuss the concept of “Peak Oil” and the challenges and options Californians need to consider for their future supplies of energy. That series is presented by UCSB’s Technology Management Program.

Simmons is the chairman of Simmons & Company International, the only independent investment bank that specializes in all aspects of the energy industry. One of the world leaders in the field of energy who’s been involved in more than $77 billion dollars of transactions since 1974, Simmons is involved with the Brown-Forman Corporation, The Atlantic Council of the United States, the National Petroleum Council, and the Council of Foreign Relations. He became a best-selling author with his book Twilight in the Desert, in which he used personal observation and 200-plus technical essays to argue that the Saudi oil well production will soon reach an apex and then rapidly decline, leaving the world in a potentially catastrophic oil shortage.

Simmons will also be the keynote speaker in the second annual Emerging Energy Technologies Summit, February 9-10 at UCSB. The summit aims to bring together experts in the energy field to determine the obstacles and incentives involved in adopting new energy technologies. The featured speakers will discuss the technical, environmental, socio-economic, and political issues behind new technologies and analyze possible solutions. They will focus on how the United States can make a smooth transition from dependency on carbon-based fuels into alternative forms of energy, and how to develop carbon independence in a profitable and practical manner.

For more information, contact Bill Grant at 893-8107.

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