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Image RemovedThis week, we would like to present our agenda for the 2011 ASPO-USA Conference – Peak Oil, Energy & the Economy to be held November 2-5 (Wednesday – Saturday) in Washington DC.

Wednesday is a pre-conference day featuring visits with Congressional offices and Congressional staff. Thursday will focus on the latest information on oil and energy trends, and analysis of their implications for the economy. Friday will focus on strategies and opportunities to adapt to a new energy and economic reality. Finally, Saturday will focus on interactive roundtable sessions where YOU will have in-depth discussions with speakers and other invited guests.

The Thursday morning session will take place inside the Congressional Auditorium, the 450-seat theater inside the U.S. Capitol. We hope to see you in Washington. Please register at

– From All of Us at ASPO-USA


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Time Session
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM Working with Congress-Orientation and Training
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Congressional Office Visits
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM Registration
Social Events
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM Welcome Reception
Opening Reception with Speakers and Attendees

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Thursday, November 3, 2011
Time Session
7:30 AM to 7:00 PM Registration
8:30 AM to 8:45 AM Welcome, Opening Remarks
Jim Baldauf, President and Co-Founder, ASPO-USA
8:45 AM to 9:00 AM Overview, Concepts and Principles
A review of goals, key questions to be addressed, and principles that will guide discussion throughout the conference.Jan Mueller, Executive Director, ASPO-USA
9:00 AM to 10:30 AM 2011 Peak Oil Update: Timing, Implications, Responses
An up-to-date synopsis of the fundamental economic, energy, and geologic issues that underlie the Peak Oil problem and our overall energy challenges.Roger Bezdek, President, Management Information Services Inc.
Jean Laherrere, Consultant, former Petroleum Engineer, Total S.A. (France)
Chris Skrebowski, Founding Director, Peak Oil Consulting; Consulting Editor, Petroleum Review, Energy Institute (UK)
10:30 AM to 10:45 AM Break and Networking
10:45 AM to 12:15 PM Oil, Energy and the Economy
An in-depth look at the relationship between energy and the economy, and how changes in energy supply, demand, and sources can affect fundamental economic parameters.Jeff Rubin, Former Chief Economist, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce; Author, Why Your World is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller
Chris Martenson, Former Vice-President, Science Applications International Corporation; Creator “The Crash Course”
Lester Brown, President and Founder, Earth Policy Institute (Invited)
12:15 PM to 1:45 PM Networking Lunch
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM Out of Gas: Implications for Transportation
Transportation accounts for 70% of U.S. oil use, and depends on oil for nearly all its energy needs. This session examines scenarios of how passenger and freight travel are likely to respond as Peak Oil unfolds.Mort Downey, Senior Advisor, Parsons-Brinkerhoff (invited)
Mark DeLucchi, Research Scientist, Institute for Transportation Studies, University of California-Davis (invited)
Charles Schlumberger, Lead Air Transport Specialist, The World Bank

Moderator:  Joshua Schank, President, Eno Transportation Foundation

2:00 PM to 3:30 PM Of Wells and Wall Street:  Implications for Businesses and Investors
The current environment for businesses and investors is fraught with uncertainty. Learn how Peak Oil and other major shifts in energy market dynamics alters the calculus for business and investment strategies.Jim Hansen, Ravenna Capital Management
Robert Rapier, Chief Technology Officer, Merica International
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM China and the Middle East: Implications for U.S. Energy Security
Dynamic changes in China and the Middle East, including rapidly rising energy demand, has huge consequences for the United States and other industrial economies. This session examines major trends in global energy demand and supply, and ripple effects for the U.S. economy.Jeffrey Brown, Independent Consulting Petroleum Geologist
Michael Klare, Five Colleges Professor of Peace and World Security Studies, Hampshire College
Minqi Li, Professor of Economics, University of Utah
3:45 PM to 5:00 PM The End of Growth?
The spectacular economic growth experienced by the United States and other industrial nations over the last 100 or more years was made possible in large part by access to abundant, affordable energy, principally from fossil fuels. Can growth as we have known it continue in the face of accelerating depletion of global energy resources?William Catton, Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Sociology, Washington State University; Author, Overshoot: The Ecological Basis for Revolutionary Change
John Michael Greer, Author, The Long Decline
Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow, Post Carbon Institute: Author, The End of Growth
Robert Hirsch, Senior Energy Advisor, MISI
Dmitry Orlov, Engineer; Writer,
5:15 PM to 7:00 PM Dinner on your own
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM The Shale Gas Rush: Boom or Bust?
Massive expansion of shale gas development has been touted as a cure-all for America’s energy challenges. This special feature session takes a hard look at the prospects and pitfalls for shale gas.Anthony Ingraffea, Professor of Engineering, Cornell University
Rob Jackson, Professor, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University
Robert Howarth, Professor of Ecology and Environmental Biology, Cornell University
Amy Mall, Senior Policy Analyst, NRDC

Moderator: Art Berman, Labyrinth Consulting Services, Inc.; ASPO-USA Board Member

Friday, November 4, 2011

Friday, November 4, 2011
Time Session
7:30 AM to 3:30 PM Registration
8:30 AM to 8:45 AM Interim Observations, Day 2 Overview
Kjell Aleklett, Professor of Physics, Uppsala University (Sweden); President, ASPO International
8:45 AM to 9:00 AM Navigating a New Energy Reality – Concepts and Principles
A review of key considerations for adapting to the impacts of Peak Oil and resource depletion, and differentiating between meaningful and misguided responses.Robert Rapier, Chief Technology Officer, Merica International
9:00 AM to 10:15 AM The Post-Peak Economy
An examination of how rapid changes in the energy world will shape fundamental economic and financial conditions.Charley Maxwell, Senior Energy Analyst, Weeden and Co.
Jeff Rubin, Author, former CIBC Chief Economist

Moderator: Robert Rapier, Chief Technology Officer, Merica International

10:15 AM to 10:30 AM Break and Networking
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM Living on a Renewable Energy Budget
Is it possible to run the global economy entirely on renewable energy? Do we have a choice? What are the opportunities and constraints for scaling up renewable energy development? What would the transition path look like? This session will drill down into the most authoritative and up-to-date data to address these critical questions.Dave Murphy, Energy Consultant, EROI Institute, SUNY-ESF; Contributor, The Oil Drum
Angelina Galiteva, President, NEOptions; Member, California ISO Board of Governors; Former Chair, World Council for Renewable Energy
Ken Zweibel, Director, George Washington University Solar Institute
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM Lunch, Keynote Presentation: The Future of Food
Impacts on production and distribution of food is among the most serious concerns surrounding Peak Oil. Notable agriculture researcher and innovator Wes Jackson looks at the issue from an overall food system perspective and explores the key factors shaping the future of food.Wes Jackson, President, The Land Institute
1:30 PM to 3:00 PM Smart Contraction
What does a contracting economy look like? How would a nation built on the idea of endless growth respond to a different reality? This session will discuss scenarios for the U.S. and other industrial economies and examine the historical example of Russia following the collapse of the Soviet Union.Dmitri Orlov, Engineer; Author, Reinventing Collapse: The Soviet Example and American Prospects
Gail Tverberg, President, Tverberg Actuarial Services; Contributing Editor, The Oil Drum
1:30 PM to 3:00 PM At Ground Level: Adaptation for Local and Regional Economies
Strategies to adapt to Peak Oil may vary according to differences in regional economies and local resources. This session discusses how to assess different opportunities and constraints at the regional and local level in forming adaptation strategies for your business, your community, and your family.Naomi Davis, Founder and President, Blacks in Green
John Michael Greer, Author, The Long Descent: A User’s Guide to the End of the Industrial Age
Aaron Newton, Land Planner and Director of Environmental Services, Outdoor Living Inc.; Co-Author, A Nation of Farmers: Defeating the Food Crisis on American Soil
Peter Kilde, Executive Director, West Central Wisconsin Community Action Agency

Moderator: Megan Quinn-Bachman, Reporter, Yellow Springs News; ASPO-USA Board Member

3:00 PM to 3:15 PM Break
3:15 PM to 5:00 PM What Next?: Strategies and Synthesis Discussion
There are no silver bullet or one-size-fits-all responses for Peak Oil, resource depletion, and the economic, social, and political challenges they present. Individual businesses, organizations, public institutions, communities, and households need to decide for themselves what specific adaptive strategies are most appropriate. But what general principles and elements can be distilled from the conference sessions and discussion thus far? A diverse panel of conference speakers and special guests will explore that question.
Social Events
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM Speaker’s Dinner
Annual fundraising dinner with conference speakers. Program and discussion topics to be announced.
Cost $200 (included with Peak Aware conference registration package)
*Pre-registration required*

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Saturday, November 5, 2011



9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Session I

Investors Roundtable
An exchange of key information to guide financial decisions in a world of Peak Oil and energy uncertainty
FeaturingCharley Maxwell,Robert Rapier,Jim Hansen, andCharles Schlumberger
Communicating About Peak Oil, Energy, and the Economy: Writing a New American Story
Journalists, media experts, and others lead a discussion on creative ways to communicate overwhelming and complex issues regarding energy and the economy, and how to work with traditional and new media.

10:30 AM to 11:00 AM

Break and Networking

11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Session II

Bringing Peak Oil into the National Transportation Policy Debate
Transportation infrastructure in the United States already faces huge funding and policy challenges. How does the prospect of rising fuel prices and potential fuel shortages shape the debate? Does our vision for a national transportation system fit economic and energy reality?
Community and the Post-Peak Economy
Community development experts and business leaders discuss the consequences of Peak Oil and resource depletion for on-the-ground strategies.

12:30 PM to 1:00 PM

Lunch on your own

1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Educators & Students Workshop

Saturday afternoon is dedicated to students and educators. Some conference speakers and ASPO-USA members will be in attendance and part of the program