Stanislaw said energy security must go against conventional wisdom and considering the environment and energy security together would promote sustainable economic growth.
Additionally, North America’s new energy security raises many questions about the U.S.’s geopolitical influence, Stanislaw said.
“How do we influence the world and say our policy has a new strength to it?” Stanislaw said. “We have a lot of thought to do with our new strength. I don’t have the answers, but that’s where we’re going.
“This new fossil fuel abundance allows us to change the geopolitical landscape — it can, but will it? How will you (students and future energy leaders) use this new potential as a means into the future to reinvigorate the economy long term?”
Stanislaw received his Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College, an M.A. from the University of Cambridge and a doctoral degree in economics from the University of Edinburgh.
He is one of three founders of Cambridge Energy Research Associates, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and an adjunct professor in the Nicholas School at Duke University.
Stanislaw also co-authored two books, “The Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy” and “Energy in Flux: The 21st Century’s Greatest Challenge.”
Other symposium speakers included John Richels, president and CEO of Devon Energy. Richels discussed the sustainability of Norman American hydrocarbon resources.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from York University and his law degree from the University of Windsor. He also serves on the board of directors of both TransCanada and BOK Financial Corp.
Eric Lee, energy analyst for Citigroup, and Tom Choi, natural gas market leader for Deloitte MarketPoint LLC, both discussed the economic impact of North American Energy Security.
In their presentations, Lee and Choi said liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports will depend on a number of factors, but fears of massive volumes seem unfounded.