CCL’s Lou Allstadt to talk about oil on Climate One panel

CCL’s Lou Allstadt to talk about oil on Climate One panel

By Liz Fisher 

Lou Alllstadt, former Executive Vice President at Mobil Oil and a member of Citizens Climate Lobby, will be on Climate One’s “Oil Ahead” panel Monday, January 12 from 12 -1 pm at The Commonwealth Club in San Francisco.  Joining him will be Angus Gillespie, Vice President for CO2 at Shell Oil, and Mary Nichols, Chair of California Air Resources Board.

Lou Allstadt

CCL volunteer Lou Allstadt is a retired VP with Exxon-Mobil.

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.

Check out Lou’s appearance on MSNBC’s All In With Chris Hayes:
In the segment, Lou discusses his open letter to Rex Tillerson, CEO of ExxonMobil, following Tillerson’s and Dick Armey’s NIMBY (Not In My BackYard) lawsuit to stop construction of a fracking water tank in their area, somewhat ironic given ExxonMobil’s prolific fracking projects in other people’s backyards.
If you’re in the San Francisco area, you can purchase tickets (not active) to the Climate One “Oil Ahead” program.
More details about the program:
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 Lobby
Angus Gillespie, Vice President for CO2, Shell Oil Company
Mary Nichols, Chair, California Air Resources Board
Location: The Commonwealth Club, SF Club Office, 595 Market Street, Second Floor, San Francisco
Time: 11:30 a.m. check in, 12:00 p.m. program, 1:00 p.m. networking reception
Note: 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.
Steve Valk
Steve Valk is Communications Coordinator for Citizens' Climate Lobby. Steve joined the CCL staff in 2009 after a 30-year career with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.