Daniel Yergin

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Global Authority on Energy, Geopolitics and the Global Economy; Pulitzer Prize-winning, Bestselling Author, “The New Map” (2020); Vice Chairman, IHS Markit; Chairman, CERAWeek; Director, Council on Foreign Relations; Trustee, Brookings Institution

Biography

Daniel Yergin is a highly respected authority on energy, international politics, and economics. He is Vice Chairman of IHS Markit and chairman of CERAWeek, which CNBC has described as “the Super Bowl of world 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 said that he is “one of the planet’s foremost thinkers about energy and its implications.” The New York Times described Daniel Yergin as “America’s most influential energy pundit.”

Dr. Yergin is the author of several books including “The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power” (Simon & Schuster, January 1991),” for which he received the Pulitzer Prize. His most recent book is “The New Map: Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations (Penguin Press, September 2020).”

In 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy presented Dr. Yergin with the first “James R. Schlesinger Medal for Energy Security.” He is a recipient of the United States Energy Award for “lifelong achievements in energy and the promotion of international understanding.”

Dr. Yergin is a director of the Council on Foreign Relations and a trustee of the Brookings Institution. He is a member of the National Petroleum Council and a director of the United States Energy Association. He is a member of the advisory boards of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Energy Initiative and of the Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy.

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Books & Research

The New Map: Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations

Penguin Press (September 2020)

The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World

Penguin Books; Updated, Revised, Reprint edition (September 2011)

The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power

Free Press; Reissue edition (April 2011)

The Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy

Simon & Schuster; Revised ed. edition (June 15, 2002)

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Daniel Yergin's CNBC Column

The Oil Industry Is Stuck in Virus Alley

December 29, 2020

The World’s Most Important Body of Water

December 15, 2020

Mapping the New Energy World: Face to Face With Daniel Yergin in Washington

October 27, 2020

How Will the Pandemic Affect the Sprint Away From Fossil Fuels?

October 8, 2020

U.S. Domination in Energy Should Not Change Post-election, Top Energy Guru Predicts

October 8, 2020

‘We’re Looking at a New Cold War’: A Conversation with Daniel Yergin

September 18, 2020

The Natural Gas Well That Changed Everything

September 15, 2020

'The New Map': Daniel Yergin's Sobering and Smart Take on the Global State of Energy

September 14, 2020

The New Geopolitics of Energy

September 11, 2020

The Oil Collapse

April 2, 2020

Covid-19 Makes Oil Markets Sweat

March 10, 2020

Maduro Wrecked Venezuela’s Oil Industry

February 4, 2019

Markets Run Into Skepticism—and Regulators

July 18, 2016

Where Oil Prices Go From Here

May 15, 2016

The Global Battle for Oil Market Share

December 15, 2015

The Power Revolutions

August 21, 2015

What’s Giving the World Oil Market the Jitters

July 10, 2015

The Global Shakeout From Plunging Oil

November 30, 2014

The First War to Run on Oil

August 14, 2014

Why the U.S. Needs to Lift the Ban on Oil Exports

June 6, 2014

Daniel Yergin: Behind Mexico's Oil Revolution

December 18, 2013

Daniel Yergin: Why OPEC No Longer Calls the Shots

October 14, 2013

Daniel Yergin: China's Big Commodity Chill

August 8, 2013

The New Prometheus

May 31, 2013

Daniel Yergin: The Real Stimulus: Low-Cost Natural Gas

October 23, 2012

What's Behind Rising Gas Prices?

March 15, 2012

The Real Margaret Thatcher Story

January 12, 2012

America's New Energy Security

December 12, 2011

Stepping On the Gas

April 2, 2011

The Colbert Report (Video)

September 21, 2011

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Biography

Daniel Yergin is a highly respected authority on energy, international politics, and economics. He is Vice Chairman of IHS Markit and chairman of CERAWeek, which CNBC has described as “the Super Bowl of world 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 said that he is “one of the planet’s foremost thinkers about energy and its implications.” The New York Times described Daniel Yergin as “America’s most influential energy pundit.”

Dr. Yergin is the author of several books including “The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power” (Simon & Schuster, January 1991),” for which he received the Pulitzer Prize. His most recent book is “The New Map: Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations (Penguin Press, September 2020).”

In 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy presented Dr. Yergin with the first “James R. Schlesinger Medal for Energy Security.” He is a recipient of the United States Energy Award for “lifelong achievements in energy and the promotion of international understanding.”

Dr. Yergin is a director of the Council on Foreign Relations and a trustee of the Brookings Institution. He is a member of the National Petroleum Council and a director of the United States Energy Association. He is a member of the advisory boards of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Energy Initiative and of the Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy.

Speech Topics

The New Energy Future in the New World Economy

How will the world change? Daniel Yergin draws on innovative, original scenarios to explore how great changes – in international politics, the global economy, technology and the environment – will shape our future. What will it mean for world energy and political power if Asia overtakes North America to become the biggest part of the world economy? Could oil lose its monopoly position in fueling our cars? What would that mean for world politics? What happens if globalization falters, leading to a disappointing economic future, and a “global fissure”? Yergin dynamically addresses the trends that will shape the world and drive us into the future, outlines the conflicting choices and visions for the world economy and addresses what the great battle over globalization is all about. He also identifies key risks and opportunities and describes the path to a better, safer world where the interests of competitive nations can come together — and the encouraging signposts along the way.

Oil, Power & Money: The Age of Energy Insecurity

The great struggles over oil and energy—particularly how they interact with geopolitics and the future of society — are of growing concern to everyone. Indeed, anxiety about energy is practically a part of daily life, prompting numerous questions about our energy future: What are the risks of conflict over energy resources and a new “energy crisis?” What will be the impact of high prices on the global economy — and on our own lives? Is the world really running out of oil? Will wind, ethanol and other renewable resources fill the gap? How will the energy needs of a growing world match up with rising concerns about carbon and climate change? Daniel Yergin is uniquely qualified to tackle these critical questions. He combines in-depth thought and analysis and up-to-the-minute insight with the clarity and personal energy of a great communicator.

Globalization and the New Geopolitics

Today’s era — “The Second Age of Globalization” — is proving much more challenging than was thought a few years ago. Balances of power have been constantly shifting, resulting in new alliances. The U.S., China and Russia are taking on new roles in this shifting geopolitical world as the entire world now deals with the consequences of the war on terrorism. The technological forces shaping our future have led to critical debates about what it means to live in the “24-hour interconnected, hyperactive, e-mail-fueled, and sleep-deprived world.” Meanwhile, a backlash continues to build against a world open to trade, investment, and communications, with energy as one of the most important forces changing the position of nations. Russia—flat on its back only a few years ago — is now an “energy superpower.” China and India are the rising great powers. And worries about energy security are now a political fact in the United States and Europe, amplified by climate change. In this talk, Dr. Daniel Yergin takes on the question of overriding importance: how will today’s positive global economic developments interact with the negative and worrying geopolitical trends that are emerging out of the new geopolitics?

The New Map: Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations

At a time of global crisis, the world is being shaken by the collision of energy, climate change, and the clashing power of nations. Out of this tumult, Daniel Yergin, global energy expert and master storyteller, draws the new map of energy and geopolitics. Controversial fracking technology has enabled the “shale revolution” in oil and gas which almost overnight has made the United States the world’s number one energy powerhouse. Simultaneously, concern about climate change is driving an energy transition in the search for a low-carbon future.

World politics is also being upended, as a new cold war develops between the United States and China and the rivalry grows more dangerous with Russia, which is pivoting east toward Beijing. Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping are converging both on energy and on opposing America’s role in the world, as China projects its power and influence in all directions — especially into the South China Sea, the world’s most critical trade route, where the United States and China could directly collide. The map of the Middle East, which was laid down after the First World War, is being challenged by jihadists, revolutionary Iran and ethnic and religious clashes. The region has also been stunned by the recent oil price collapse – and is increasingly aware of the question over oil’s future in the rest of this century. All of this has been made starker and more urgent by the coronavirus pandemic and the economic dark age that it has wrought. In this presentation, Dr. Daniel Yergin takes audiences on a riveting and timely journey across this new map, illuminating the great issues of geopolitics and energy in our era of rising political turbulence and pointing to the profound challenges that lie ahead.

The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World

Drawing from his acclaimed book, “The Quest,” which presents a gripping account of the ongoing quest for the energy that our world needs, Dr. Daniel Yergin discusses the turbulent choices that surround the future of energy. He offers context and insight into what it takes to fuel life in the twenty-first century, the struggles among nations, the energies on which our society has been built, and the new resources that are competing to replace them. This talk is essential for anyone seeking to understand today’s energy world, the future of energy, and the people who will shape it.

The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power

In this enlightening talk, Dr. Daniel Yergin elaborates on key points from his groundbreaking book, “The Prize,” which recounts the panoramic history of the world’s most important resource: oil. He highlights the struggle for wealth and power that has surrounded oil for over a century and continues to fuel global rivalries, shake the world economy, and transform the destiny of men and nations. By sharing a sweeping historical account of the quest for “black gold,” beginning with the drilling of the first well in Pennsylvania through two great world wars, the Iraq invasion of Kuwait, Operation Desert Storm, the Iraq War and climate change, Dr. Yergin highlights the unwavering significance of oil throughout the modern era.

The Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy

In this talk, Dr. Yergin shares insights from the book “The Commanding Heights,” which he co-authored with colleague Joseph Stanislaw. Through incisive narrative, he explains the risks and opportunities that emerge as the balance of power shifts around the world between governments and markets − with the battle over globalization front and center. Participants walk away with a vital understanding of the struggle over the “new rules of the game” for the twenty-first century and how they came about.

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Dan Yergin Named 2020 “Energy Writer of the Year”

“Mr. Yergin’s legendary contributions to the field, highlighted with the release of ‘The New Map,’ made this year’s selection obvious. We selected him as the Energy Writer of the Year for his intellectual approach, his balanced treatment of competing ideas, his extraordinary grasp of an enormous subject, his methodical defense of an ambitious thesis with massive amounts of data, his masterful storytelling skills and in recognition of a lifetime of literary achievement.”

– Eric Vettel, President of American Energy Society

“America’s most influential energy pundit.”

– The New York Times

“If there is one man whose opinion matters more than any other on global energy markets, it’s Daniel Yergin.”

– Time Magazine

“One of the planet’s foremost thinkers about energy and its implications.”

– Fortune

“Required reading. Another winner from a master.”

– Kirkus

Praise for “The New Map”

“This should be mandatory reading for President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming team.”

– Admiral James Stavridis

“A master class on how the world works.”

– NPR

[‘The New Map’] earned energy’s highest literary prize for its ambitious survey and realistic assessment of energy and how it shapes all of human affairs. It is also an exceptional literary triumph in its narrative and in the quality of writing that we have come to expect from Dan Yergin.”

– The American Energy Society, in awarding Daniel Yergin “Energy Writer of the Year”

“The veteran energy analyst Daniel Yergin has turned his considerable talents to explaining how the world continues to be shaped by oil in his latest book, The New Map: Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations . . . Reportorial and supremely readable—no mean feat among geostrategy tomes.”

– Wall Street Journal

“At a time when solid facts and reasoned arguments are in retreat, Daniel Yergin rides to the rescue. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author and energy savant is armed to the teeth with enough telling statistics to sink an oil tanker in ‘The New Map: Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations’ (Penguin Press, 512 pp., ★★★★ out of four) . . . Yergin provides an engaging survey course on the lifeblood of modern civilization — where the world has been and where it is likely headed. By the final page, the reader will feel like an energy expert herself.”

– USA Today

“Brisk and authoritative, an impressive combination.”

– The Economist

“’The New Map’ is a kaleidoscopic survey of seemingly every geopolitical development in recent (and not so recent) history, all seen through the lens of energy, national rivalries, changing technologies, and the looming threat of climate change . . . Yergin, the vice chairman of the energy research powerhouse IHS Markit, is strongest when it comes to oil and gas, still the mainstays of the world’s energy supplies now and in the decades to come. Even readers familiar with the U.S. ‘shale gale’ will find new gems in his retelling of the pioneers who shattered shale to unleash a revolution. Russia, today leveraging oil and gas the way it once wielded Marxist-Leninist ideas, also provides great grist for Yergin, as do China’s energy-driven forays into the South China Sea . . . Admirable, well-researched, highly readable examination.”

Foreign Policy

“’The New Map’ is a must-read for those who are national security experts or aspire to be. Why? Because most national security professionals, this one included, have deep expertise on certain issues or regions, but we do not have it across the full range of the world’s most pressing issues. In The New Map, Yergin demonstrates this global mastery. He reviews critical historical decisions of key nations and international coalitions, as well as the inflection points where opportunities were lost or created, bringing us to today’s geopolitical environment. In the telling, the reader gains a much broader understanding of other nations’ historical perspectives, their leaders’ goals in the new world order, and how both factors influence nations’ actions today . . .Do yourself a favor, read this one. You’ll be glad you did.”

Cipher Brief

“At its heart, ‘The New Map,’ by Daniel Yergin, is a book about power: both in the sense of power as fuel to move cars, tractor-trailers and oceangoing ships, to run factories and light up cities; but also power in the sense of political power, that nations wield to drive their economies toward opening up to world markets or to becoming more protectionist and insulated, to exert their influence over the trading patterns of their neighbors, and to wage war or work for a peaceful and mutually prosperous co-existence with the rest of the world.”

– Houston Chronicle

“A lucid, judicious overview of global energy and its discontents.”

— Publishers Weekly

“Yergin delivers a fascinating and meticulously researched page-turner . . . Required reading. Another winner from a master.”

– Kirkus, Starred Review

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