ASPO-USA Conference, November 30-December 1, Still Time to Register

It is still not too late to register for the ASPO-USA Conference, November 30-December1, at the University of Texas, in Austin, Texas.

Some reasons you might consider attending, even if you didn't decide before:

1. The conference is at the home location of Dr. Tad Patzek, author of Peak, What Peak, recently published on The Oil Drum. He is one of the conference co-ordinators, and will be speaking at the conference.

2. Less expensive housing options are available this year than in the past. There is a choice of hotels, including a Day's Inn and LaQuinta Inn. ASPO-USA, on their web-site, offers to help find you someone to share a room with, if you select that option.

3. Additional speakers have been added. An updated agenda is shown below the fold.

4. There will be a chance to meet speakers at informal dinner meet-ups.

Full information can be found at the ASPO-USA conference website.

The regular program includes the following:

November 30:

Overview - The Next Oil Crisis - Robert Hirsch, Management Information Systems, Inc.

North American Oil Outlook: Abundance or Mirage Scott Tinker, Univ. of Texas; Arthur Berman, Labyrinth Consulting Services; Laura Atkins, Hart Energy; and Tadeusz Patzek, Univ. of Texas

Will Natural Gas Forestall a U. S. Oil Crisis? Bill Powers, Powers Energy Investor; David Hughes, Post Carbon Institute; Deborah Rogers, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Lunch - Forums and Mini-Presentations

Whose Oil Is It Anyway? - Global Supply and Competing Demands for Oil Exports Michael Kumhof, IMF; Mark Lewis, Deutche Bank; and Jeffrey Brown, Independent Geologist

Featured Debate: Do Energy Limits Require a New Economic Framework? James Kenneth Galbraith, Univ. of Texas; Charles A. S. Hall, SUNY-ESF; Jason Schenker, Prestige Economics

December 1:

Overview - Imagining a World of Increasing Oil Scarcity Robert Rapier, Merica International

Economic and Geopolitical Scenarios Steven Kopits, Douglas-Westwood; Clement Davis, University of Texas

Energy and Environmental Scenarios Michael Bodell, Aperio Energy; Gregg Marland, Appalachian State University; Sonia Yeh, Carnegie Mellon University

Lunch - Forums and Mini-Presentations

Why is the Media Missing the Story? The Role of Communications Loren Steffy, Houston Chronicle; Greg Gordon, McClatchy Newspapers; Robert Jensen, University of Texas

Closing Discussion

In addition to the regular meeting, there will be a Preconference Workshop from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Thursday with Arthur Berman, Tad Patzek, Jeffrey Brown, Carey King, and Louis Powers, for a charge of $50.

There is also a Leadership Brunch from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon on Sunday, for a charge of $50.

Registration fees are $150 for Students, $350 General Registration, and $550 for Pioneer Package. The latter includes the Preconference Brunch, video recordings of the sessions, and a reception. There is a $30 discount for ASPO-USA members.

The conference talks pretty much all seem amazing and I'm disappointed that I can't fly over and attend, in part due to costs and also heavy schoolwork.

Nonetheless, I assume there will be video like at the last ASPO conference this summer?

ASPO (which is a European organization) and ASPO-USA are different organizations. It is my understanding that ASPO-USA depends on sales of its videos for part of its funding for the conference, so seems less likely to give away the videos for free. I do not have official information on this. They have usually at least put up the Power Point slides for free, though.

If I find out more, I will let you know.

Hope some media will attend/are invited and that some "balancing" message will come out of it after the IEA hype (even though the report also has much more realistic messages).

Best luck to make it a great conference.