CCL’s Lou Allstadt to talk about oil on Climate One panel
By Liz Fisher
A 31-yr veteran of Mobil and the former head of oil and gas drilling for Mobil in the western hemisphere, Lou is an expert on oil and gas extraction. Following his retirement to Cooperstown, NY, he had no plans to become an activist, but when a fracking well was proposed unreasonably close to the nearby lake, he was pulled in and eventually became a leader in the successful effort to ban fracking in New York state. He is also a valued member of Citizens Climate Lobby’s Oil Action Team which serves as CCL’s resource for oil industry expertise and works to bring the oil industry into the discussion of CCL’s Carbon Fee and Dividend.
What impact will plunging oil prices have on efforts to cut carbon pollution? One result in California will be to ease the sting drivers will feel at the pump when gasoline is included in the state’s cap and trade program starting January 2015. Across the country, cheap oil will affect the competitiveness of cleaner alternatives and the economic outlook of fossil fuels.Big questions loom. How long will oil reign as the king of transportation fuels? What does Shell Oil think about the move among foundations and universities to divest from fossil fuels? Will electric cars and other innovations transform the way Californians get around town? Do they present a threat to Big Oil’s business model? Join a conversation about the future of oil and powering America’s future.
Lou Allstadt, Former Executive Vice President, Mobil Oil; Member, Citizens Climate LobbyAngus Gillespie, Vice President for CO2, Shell Oil CompanyMary Nichols, Chair, California Air Resources BoardLocation: The Commonwealth Club, SF Club Office, 595 Market Street, Second Floor, San FranciscoTime: 11:30 a.m. check in, 12:00 p.m. program, 1:00 p.m. networking receptionNote: The speakers and audience will be videotaped for future broadcast on the Climate One TV show on KRCB TV 22 on Comcast and DirecTV.Liz Fisher is a volunteer with the Contra Costa chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby.