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Second Year Underway for National Energy Talk

Energy Watch by MARK A. STANSBERRYn

National Energy Talk (NET) began its second year at the University of Tulsa on Aug. 9. A luncheon was sponsored by NET. I had the pleasure of keynoting the luncheon, followed by participation by the students attending the Residency Seminar for incoming students of the Master of Energy Business and Master of Science in Global Energy. The day ended with an energy business networking reception and dinner.

NET’s official kick-off was July 31, 2017, in my hometown of Elk City, Oklahoma. There was an industry “meet and greet” bar-b-que served during the day and a town meeting held in the evening. Events covering several subjects were held or participated in throughout the 12 months, including at the University of Tulsa, two events at the University of Central Oklahoma, Presidential Leadership Institute held at York College, Nebraska, the Pipeline and Energy Expo, the 25th Annual Meeting of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association, the digital transformation in the oil and gas industry conference in Houston, Natural Gas & Energy Association of Oklahoma Annual Convention, Pre-conference of the National Council on Undergraduate Research, the OK-National Association of Royalty Owners Annual Convention in Oklahoma City and Washington, D.C. The theme has been “National Energy Talk: America’s Energy Dreams and Global Economic Realities.”

Thanks to many in the media who are continuing to provide the opportunity for columns including GTR Newspapers, Exploring Energy radio show and newspaper, and Oilman magazine. In print, according to our research, NET reached over 40,000 readers per month and is projected to surpass reaching over 50,000 readers per month in its second year. Recently, DP-Pro magazine published one of my NET columns entitled, “The Global Energy Transformation” which is distributed to over 70,000.

NET’s Facebook page has over 23,000 likes/followers. Presentations are already being planned well into next year in Oklahoma City and Houston. Plans for NET dialogue are being organized for Detroit in 2018, Washington, DC in 2019 and Houston in 2020. We will continue to address energy issues and views throughout the second year.

Currently, one issue that is facing America is its energy infrastructure. A report by the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America Foundation states that “the needed capital expenditures for natural gas, crude oil, and petroleum/petrochemical liquids infrastructure are $44 billion annually through 2035, for about 41,000 miles of pipeline and an additional 139,000 miles of gathering lines…Projected natural gas infrastructure accounts for 52.7 percent of those future expenditures, which would supply increasing demand in both the U.S. and Canada, particularly in the power generation sector and for LNG exports.”

America Needs America’s Energy and “future generations are depending on us. The time has come for all of us, the people, to take control of our energy future here in America!”

Mark A. Stansberry is chairman of The GTD Group, an award Winning author and energy advocate.

Updated 09-13-2018

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