Global Conference 2010

Global Conference 2010

Lunch Panel:<br>
Geopolitics, Global Demand and the Quest for Energy Security

Tuesday, April 27, 2010 / 12:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Just like you wouldn't have only one stock in a portfolio, said Jay Pryor of Chevron, America needs to diversify its energy sources. His solution? "Invest, baby, invest."

A Global Conference panel on energy brought home the growing national security concerns surrounding U.S. reliance on oil imported from volatile regions. Gen. Wesley Clark, who works today as an energy investor, noted that the U.S. is sending billions of dollars every year to autocratic states just to purchase oil. Changing this dynamic will require a major focus on the transportation sector.

We're on the brink of a major shift, however. Biofuels are gaining momentum, we've just figured out how to extract huge stores of natural gas from shale and electric cars are being rolled out. Major oil companies like Chevron are branching out, too. Investors just need clear policy signals. As Clark put it, the technology is ready and the capital just waiting is on the sidelines.

But panelists cautioned against having the government pick winners and losers. Instead we need to concentrate on diversifying our options. Anne Korin of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security was adamant that we need to develop flex-fuel cars that give consumers choices and "hedge our bets in every direction."

This wide-ranging policy discussion — deftly moderated by the entertaining Brian Sullivan of Fox Business Network — covered everything from the role of nuclear energy to the vulnerabilities of the current electric grid. Don't miss the video.


Brian Sullivan

Anchor, Fox Business Network


Aris Candris

President and CEO, Westinghouse Electric Company

Wesley Clark

Army General (ret.) and former Supreme Allied Commander, NATO; Chairman, Rodman & Renshaw

Anne Korin

Co-Director, Institute for the Analysis of Global Security; Chair, Set America Free Coalition

Jay Pryor

Vice President, Corporate Business Development, Chevron

R. James Woolsey

Venture Partner, VantagePoint Venture Partners; Of Counsel, Goodwin Procter LLP; former Director, Central Intelligence Agency

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