Dan Yergin (’68) on Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations  (May 19th)

Save the date!  May 19 – 2:00 PM (EDT).
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Gas prices spiking at the pump, war in Ukraine, Russia versus the U.S., new threats of nuclear weapons…. Once again the world is on edge with a global energy crisis.

These dangerous developments come on top of transformative changes in energy markets – fracking and the shale revolution, cost-effective renewables, China and India becoming big-time players, a new race for critical minerals used in new technologies.

All this echoes for Yale Boomers, children of the energy crises and gas lines of the 1970s, imprinted with notions of scarcity and a dystopian future after “peak oil.”

Dan Yergin ’68, energy expert and student of geopolitics, will brief us on what is actually going on – and what it means for us – and answer your questions. Be sure to register now for the May 19th zoominar.

Who better to help us understand what’s going on than Dan Yergin, ’68?


Date: Thursday, May 19, 2022

Time: 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Register in advance, please

You may remember Yergin as the co-founder of The New Journal or a member of that journalistically gifted class of ’68 (Steve Weisman, Strobe Talbott, Don MacGillis, Jacques Leslie and others).  Or as Marshall Scholar earning a PhD from Cambridge – or as trustee of Brookings, director of Council on Foreign Relations, best-selling author, or leading advisor to governments and corporations around the world.

Bottom Line: Yergin is a world-class expert on how energy makes the world go ‘round.

Dan has agreed to brief us on “What’s Going On” in the world of energy — leveraging and updating the work he did in his #1 Best Seller, The New Map.

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More Good News: Yale Boom is also pleased to announce that Reid Detchon ’70, the former VP for Energy and Climate Strategy at the United Nations Foundation, will host Dan and moderate questions in the Q&A session.

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Breakout Rooms.  Dan’s remarks and the Q&A will be about an hour.  We’ll then move to “breakout rooms” by Class to have an open discussion.

Register Now

Don’t forget to register in advance.  Go to https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEldeitrDsvG9DicFN4gYz5Oz4KdA3b64sU and sign up now.  You will be emailed instructions for joining the meeting.


About the Speaker: Daniel Yergin

Daniel Yergin is a highly respected authority on energy, international politics, and economics, and a Pulitzer Prize winner. He is Vice Chairman of S&P Global and chairman of S&P Global’s CERAWeek conference, which CNBC has called “the Super Bowl of energy”. Time Magazine said, “If there is one man whose opinion matters more than any other on global energy markets, it’s Daniel Yergin.” Fortune has called him “one of the planet’s foremost thinkers about energy and its implications.”

Dr. Yergin’s new book The New Map: Energy, Climate and the Clash of Nations is described by NPR as “a master class on how the world works” and in The Washington Post, as “a tour de force of geopolitical understanding.” Dr. Yergin is the author of the bestseller The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World, described as “a fantastic book” by Bill Gates in his review. Dr. Yergin’s book The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil Money and Power was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, was a number one New York Times bestseller, and has been translated into 20 languages.

He co-authored Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy, of which the Wall Street Journal said “No one could ask for a better account of the world’s political and economic destiny since World War II.” Both The Prize and The Commanding Heights were made into multi-hour television series for PBS and BBC.

Dr. Yergin served on the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board under four presidents. He is a member of the board of the Council on Foreign Relations, a senior trustee of the Brookings Institution, and a member of the Dallas Federal Reserve’s Energy Advisory Council, the Energy Think Tank of the government of India and the Energy Governors of the World Economic Forum. He is also a member of the advisory boards of Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy and MIT’s Energy Initiative.

Dr. Yergin was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Prime Minister of India and received the United States Energy Award for “lifelong achievements in energy and the promotion of international understanding.” He received the Charles Percy Award for Public Service from the Alliance to Save Energy. The International Association for Energy Economics gave Dr. Yergin its 2012 award for “outstanding contributions to the profession of energy economics and to its literature.

Dr. Yergin holds a BA from Yale University and a Ph.D. from Cambridge University, where he was a Marshall Scholar.