Daniel Yergin

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Global Authority on Energy, Geopolitics and the Business, Economic and Societal Impacts of the Changing Energy World; Pulitzer Prize-winning, Bestselling Author; Vice Chairman, IHS Markit; Chairman, CERAWeek; Director, Council on Foreign Relations; Trustee, Brookings Institution; Author, “The New Map” (2020), “The Prize” (2011, Pulitzer Prize Winner), “The Quest” (2011) and “The Commanding Heights” (2002); 2020 Energy Writer of the Year

Biography

How will the global shifts in energy, which is the foundation of the modern world, affect industries, economies and societies going forward, and is it truly possible for nations to reach the goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050?

Business and government leaders aiming at that target are hearing thoughtful advice from Daniel Yergin, Vice Chairman of IHS Markit, Chairman of CERAWeek, and a preeminent global authority on energy, geopolitics and the global economy. At a time when conversations around climate change and energy use can become heated and divisive, Yergin remains a highly respected voice of reason who advises decision makers across the planet.

A sought-after futurist and strategist, Yergin is the author of several major books including “The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power,” for which he received the Pulitzer Prize. His most recent book, “The New Map: Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations” (Penguin Press, New Edition September 2021), is a sobering yet even-handed look at how geopolitics and energy interests are reshaping global power structures. The London Sunday Times called “The New Map” a “wonderful book” and The Washington Post called it “a tour de force of geopolitical understanding.” Yergin’s insights and forecasts are of particular interest to investors, financial markets and leaders wondering how the changes ahead will impact industries and supply chains.

“My first book was on the origins of the Soviet-American Cold War,” explains Yergin. “I never expected to be writing a book about new cold wars. But as I was writing “The New Map,” it was becoming clearer that a new cold war is brewing between the U.S. and China. The reality is that the world of open trade and open commerce that became the norm after the last cold war is under great pressure. We have gone from an era of openness and easy travel to one of strategic rivalry and great power competition.”

When discussing the future, however, Yergin remains cautiously optimistic. During his talks, he is quick to shine a light on opportunities as well as risks, and describes a path to a better, safer world where the interests of competitive nations can come together – and the encouraging signposts along the way.

Yergin’s reputation precedes him. CERAWeek has been described by CNBC as “the Super Bowl of world energy,” Fortune called Yergin “one of the planet’s foremost thinkers about energy and its implications” and The New York Times named him “America’s most influential energy pundit” and “one of the great chroniclers of our age.”

TIME Magazine proclaimed, “If there is one man whose opinion matters more than any other on global energy markets, it’s Daniel Yergin,” and Forbes wrote, “Few see the geopolitical future like Daniel Yergin…Yergin is a rare writer who can synthesize economics, energy, history, geopolitics, and technology.”

A master storyteller and eloquent speaker, Yergin is an apolitical straight shooter who tells it like it is. When tackling often heavy issues, he steers clear of doomsday predictions and instead offers realistic and even hopeful perspectives on what to expect and how leaders can plan forward in an era of uncertainty and political turmoil.

As for possible paths toward net zero, Yergin says part of the answer lies in carbon capture and other technological innovations.

“What we really need to focus on right now is research and development into technologies that can speed up the process of getting us there, an investment well worth the long-term dividends.”

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Dr. Daniel Yergin is a recipient of the United States Energy Award for “lifelong achievements in energy and the promotion of international understanding.” He also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Prime Minister of India, and the U.S. Department of Energy presented him with the first “James R. Schlesinger Medal for Energy Security.” He serves as director of the Council on Foreign Relations, a director of the United States Energy Association and a trustee of the Brookings Institution. In addition, he is a member of the Energy Think Tank of the Government of India, the Energy Advisory Council of the Dallas Federal Reserve, and the U.S. National Petroleum Council, and sits on the advisory boards of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Energy Initiative and the Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy.

Daniel Yergin is available for virtual and in-person speaking engagements and consulting meetings, including facilitating dialogues and conversations and delivering customized keynotes, through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers & Advisors, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

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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 2002)

Russia 2010: And What It Means for the World

(Vintage; Revised ed. edition, February 1995)

Shattered Peace: The Origins of the Cold War

(Penguin Books; Revised edition, April 1990)

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Daniel Yergin's CNBC Column

Why the Supply Chain Crunch Will Continue Into 2022

October 22, 2021

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Economic Rebound Seeing Pressure on Coal Demand: Daniel Yergin of IHS Markit (With Video)

October 18, 2021

Are Gas Shortages Here to Stay? (Video)

October 14, 2021

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IHS’ Yergin on How the Energy Crisis Could Impact U.S. Economic Growth (Video)

October 11, 2021

Securing America's Footing in the Global Energy Markets

October 6, 2021

Daniel Yergin on the New Map for Energy (Video)

October 5, 2021

“From Big Oil to Big Shovels”: Daniel Yergin Outlines the Future of Energy

September 22, 2021

For Auto Makers, the Chip Famine Will Persist

September 22, 2021

CEO of One of World’s Largest Electric Companies on Being a Renewable Energy "Supermajor"

September 21, 2021

How the Energy Market Is Changing. Oil’s Oracle, Daniel Yergin, Describes the New Dynamics.

September 16, 2021

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Natural Gas Futures Hit Highest Levels Since 2014 (Video)

September 13, 2021

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Op-Ed: Supply Chain Delays Won’t Be Easily Fixed and Trouble Will Continue Into Next Year

September 1, 2021

How the Geopolitics of Oil and Energy Will Shape Our Future

July 26, 2021

Why Opec+ Was Right to Agree To Increase Oil Supply

July 19, 2021

Leadership Dialogue with Joe M. Kang (Video)

July 2, 2021

The "Post-Covid Economy"​ is Here

June 30, 2021

How High Will Oil, Gas Prices Go as Economy Rebounds? (Video)

June 17, 2021

It's Nowhere Near Curtains for Oil

June 16, 2021

Transcript: The Path to Net Zero with Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) and IHS Markit Vice Chair Daniel Yergin

June 3, 2021

The Path to Net Zero (Video)

June 3, 2021

Surveillance: Post-Pandemic Growth With Yergin (Audio)

June 2, 2021

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Energy Expert Dan Yergin Says the U.S. is Looking For a Way to ‘Peel Russia Back’ From China

May 20, 2021

Why Supply Chains Are Facing Disruptions Right Now (Video)

May 13, 2021

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How Electric Autonomous Cars Could Change the Auto Industry (Video)

April 30, 2021

A New World of AutoTech Raises New Issues

April 30, 2021

The New Map: China and the US

April 27, 2021

China, Energy, Tech Shock and The New Map (Video)

April 26, 2021

How Electric, Self-Driving Cars and Ride-Hailing Will Transform the Car Industry

April 23, 2021

The Transition From Fossil Fuels To Renewables Under Biden and Yergin

February 12, 2021

CEO Dialogue with John Hess (Video)

February 11, 2021

Book Review: “The New Map: Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations” by Daniel Yergin

January 11, 2021

The Oil Industry Is Stuck in Virus Alley

December 29, 2020

Leadership Dialogue with Richard Haass (Video)

December 15, 2020

The World’s Most Important Body of Water

December 15, 2020

CEO Dialogue with Ignacio S. Galán (Video)

December 3, 2020

CEO Dialogue with Vicki Hollub (Video)

December 1, 2020

American Energy Society Selects Daniel Yergin as the 2020 'Energy Writer of the Year'

November 17, 2020

Leadership Dialogue with Tengku Muhammad Taufik (Video)

November 12, 2020

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

October 27, 2020

Yergin: Overwhelming Number of New Car Sales Will Be EVs in Coming Decades, but 2/3 of Global Fleet to Remain Gasoline-powered in 2050

October 21, 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

Leadership Dialogue with Charif Souki (Video)

October 8, 2020

Book review: ‘The New Map’ by Daniel Yergin

October 7, 2020

‘The New Map’ Review: Tapping the Untappable

September 28, 2020

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

September 18, 2020

The Future of Energy Book Review

September 15, 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 New Map — Why Shifts in Energy Sources Could Reshape Global Politics

September 4, 2020

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

June 29, 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

Daniel Yergin: Still Skeptical of Carbon Tax

December 3, 2014

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

Visions of an Age When Oil Isn’t King

September 20, 2011

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Yergin, Daniel

Biography

How will the global shifts in energy, which is the foundation of the modern world, affect industries, economies and societies going forward, and is it truly possible for nations to reach the goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050?

Business and government leaders aiming at that target are hearing thoughtful advice from Daniel Yergin, Vice Chairman of IHS Markit, Chairman of CERAWeek, and a preeminent global authority on energy, geopolitics and the global economy. At a time when conversations around climate change and energy use can become heated and divisive, Yergin remains a highly respected voice of reason who advises decision makers across the planet.

A sought-after futurist and strategist, Yergin is the author of several major books including “The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power,” for which he received the Pulitzer Prize. His most recent book, “The New Map: Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations” (Penguin Press, New Edition September 2021), is a sobering yet even-handed look at how geopolitics and energy interests are reshaping global power structures. The London Sunday Times called “The New Map” a “wonderful book” and The Washington Post called it “a tour de force of geopolitical understanding.” Yergin’s insights and forecasts are of particular interest to investors, financial markets and leaders wondering how the changes ahead will impact industries and supply chains.

“My first book was on the origins of the Soviet-American Cold War,” explains Yergin. “I never expected to be writing a book about new cold wars. But as I was writing “The New Map,” it was becoming clearer that a new cold war is brewing between the U.S. and China. The reality is that the world of open trade and open commerce that became the norm after the last cold war is under great pressure. We have gone from an era of openness and easy travel to one of strategic rivalry and great power competition.”

When discussing the future, however, Yergin remains cautiously optimistic. During his talks, he is quick to shine a light on opportunities as well as risks, and describes a path to a better, safer world where the interests of competitive nations can come together – and the encouraging signposts along the way.

Yergin’s reputation precedes him. CERAWeek has been described by CNBC as “the Super Bowl of world energy,” Fortune called Yergin “one of the planet’s foremost thinkers about energy and its implications” and The New York Times named him “America’s most influential energy pundit” and “one of the great chroniclers of our age.”

TIME Magazine proclaimed, “If there is one man whose opinion matters more than any other on global energy markets, it’s Daniel Yergin,” and Forbes wrote, “Few see the geopolitical future like Daniel Yergin…Yergin is a rare writer who can synthesize economics, energy, history, geopolitics, and technology.”

A master storyteller and eloquent speaker, Yergin is an apolitical straight shooter who tells it like it is. When tackling often heavy issues, he steers clear of doomsday predictions and instead offers realistic and even hopeful perspectives on what to expect and how leaders can plan forward in an era of uncertainty and political turmoil.

As for possible paths toward net zero, Yergin says part of the answer lies in carbon capture and other technological innovations.

“What we really need to focus on right now is research and development into technologies that can speed up the process of getting us there, an investment well worth the long-term dividends.”

# # #

Dr. Daniel Yergin is a recipient of the United States Energy Award for “lifelong achievements in energy and the promotion of international understanding.” He also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Prime Minister of India, and the U.S. Department of Energy presented him with the first “James R. Schlesinger Medal for Energy Security.” He serves as director of the Council on Foreign Relations, a director of the United States Energy Association and a trustee of the Brookings Institution. In addition, he is a member of the Energy Think Tank of the Government of India, the Energy Advisory Council of the Dallas Federal Reserve, and the U.S. National Petroleum Council, and sits on the advisory boards of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Energy Initiative and the Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy.

Daniel Yergin is available for virtual and in-person speaking engagements and consulting meetings, including facilitating dialogues and conversations and delivering customized keynotes, through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers & Advisors, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

Speech Topics

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 – shaped by climate, the shale revolution, innovation, the United States’ tense relations with Russia and the growing rivalry with China. Concern about climate change is driving an energy transition in the quest for a world of net zero carbon. Trillions of dollars will be spent in this search, but it is also setting the stage for a new “North-South Divide” between developed and developing nations. At the same time, 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 and transformed the world oil and global LNG markets, and reset global politics. 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 is increasingly aware of the uncertainty over oil’s future. All this has been made starker and more urgent by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on world economies. In this presentation, drawing on his latest book, “The New Map: Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations” (Penguin Press, New Edition September 2021), as well as recent and emerging events, Dr. Daniel Yergin takes audiences on a riveting and timely journey across this new map, illuminating the great issues of geopolitics and energy, sketching our future in this era of rising political turbulence, and pointing to the profound challenges that lie ahead.

The Future of Energy in the New World Economy

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?” In this talk, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Dr. Daniel Yergin, the world’s preeminent authority on energy, geopolitics and the global economy, explores how great changes in international politics, the global economy, technology and the environment will reshape the world and drive us into the future. He 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?” How will high prices impact the global economy and 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? In this fascinating presentation, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Dr. Daniel Yergin, the world’s preeminent authority on energy, geopolitics and the global economy, tackles these critical questions by providing in-depth thought and analysis and up-to-the-minute insights with the characteristic energy of a great storyteller.

Globalization and the New Geopolitics

Today’s era of globalization is proving to be much more challenging than expected a few years ago. Balances of power have been shifting, resulting in new alliances. The U.S., China and Russia are taking on new roles, technological forces are shaping our future, and worries about energy security are now a political fact, amplified by climate change. Supply chain disruptions are hindering the world economy and hurting consumers. In this important presentation, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Dr. Daniel Yergin, the world’s preeminent authority on energy, geopolitics and the global economy, 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 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

The struggle for wealth and power has surrounded oil for over a century and continues to fuel global rivalries, shake the world economy and transform the destiny of nations. In this enlightening talk, Dr. Daniel Yergin elaborates on key points from his groundbreaking, Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “The Prize,” which recounts the panoramic history of the world’s most important resource: oil. 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 Iraqi 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

There are risks and opportunities emerging as the balance of power shifts around the world between governments and markets − with the battle over globalization front and center. In this riveting talk, based on his acclaimed book “The Commanding Heights,” co-authored with colleague Joseph Stanislaw, Dr. Daniel Yergin explains these important shifts and what they mean for our future. 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…provides an engaging survey course on the lifeblood of modern civilization — where the world has been and where it is likely headed.”

– USA Today

“Brisk and authoritative, an impressive combination.”

– The Economist

“Yergin is a rare writer who can synthesize economics, energy, history, geopolitics and technology.”

Forbes

“’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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