Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Webcast – What does the gulf oil spill mean for energy policy in the U.S.?

Live Webcast June 2, 1:00 PM ET / 10:00 AM PT

Register here (free webcast)

energycollective_logoA month after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon and into the ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the full environmental costs of the disaster remain unclear. However, some of the event's implications for the oil industry, the political environment, and the future of energy in the United States are already beginning to take shape.

With the help of a panel of industry and policy experts, The Energy Collective will explore the circumstances that led to the Gulf oil disaster, and dig into its potential ramifications, for offshore drilling and much more:

  • To what extent can we attribute the event to a systemic failure of the industry, government, or otherwise?
  • What changes can or should be made to prevent future events?
  • How will the event effect the relationship between the oil industry and regulators? What about other energy industries?
  • We'll answer questions from the audience live during the webinar.


Geoffrey Styles is Managing Director of GSW Strategy Group, LLC, an energy and environmental strategy consulting firm. His industry experience includes 22 years at Texaco Inc., culminating in a senior position on Texaco’s leadership team for strategy development, focused on the global refining, marketing, transportation and alternative energy businesses, and global issues such as climate change. Previously he held senior positions in alliance management, planning, supply & distribution, and risk management. His "Energy Outlook" blog has been quoted frequently by the Wall Street Journal and was named one of the “Top 50 Eco Blogs” by the Times of London.

Mandy Smithberger, a National Security Investigator with the Project on Government Oversight since 2008, has worked on investigations into multiyear procurement of the troubled F-22A Raptor, federal contracting in response to Hurricane Katrina, inherently governmental functions, Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), and the Department of Interior's Royalty-In-Kind program. She has also written and spoken extensively about the federal government's collection of oil and natural gas drilling royalties.

Marc Gunther is a veteran journalist, speaker, writer and consultant whose focus is business and sustainability. Marc is a contributing editor at FORTUNE magazine, a senior writer at, a lead blogger at The Energy Collective. He's also a husband and father, a lover of the outdoors and a marathon runner. Marc is the author or co-author of four books, including Faith and Fortune: How Compassionate Capitalism is Transforming American Business. He's a graduate of Yale who lives in Bethesda, MD.

David Pettit is a Senior Attorney and Director of the Natural Resource Defense Council's Southern California Air Program. He writes on energy issues on NRDC's Switchboard blog, where he has been following the Gulf oil spill closely

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