Discussion Group June 5, 2023: Geopolitics of Energy

Our next discussion group meeting will be on Monday, June 5th at 5:00 p.m. PDT via Zoom on the topic of Geopolitics of Energy, following on the May 24th WACMB dinner presentation by Dr. Daniel Nussbaum.

Energy. It seems to be in the news and all around us—Energy security, energy policies, energy technologies, energy and climate security, energy infrastructure, energy infrastructure protection and resilience, and so on.

In his talk, Dr. Nussbaum discussed some background issues like what is energy, where does it come from, and how much do we use, and then look at what are the risks to continued supply. He discussed these topics through the three lenses of “What?”, “So what?”, and “Now what?”.

Dan Nussbaum is the Chair of the Energy Academic Group at the Naval Postgraduate School, an organization that cuts across traditional academic disciplines, blending technology and policies, and focusing on teaching and research. He previously was the Director of the Naval Center for Cost Analysis, in which role he was the chief advisor to the Secretary of Navy on all cost estimates and cost benefit analyses.

Some question to guide our discussion:

1. What are the similarities and differences in the geopolitics of production and use of fossil fuels (oil, gas, coal) and non-carbon (nuclear, solar, wind, etc.) energy?

2. How will the world’s energy mix evolve in the next 25 years and what are the geopolitical implications?

3. How will great power competition affect the development of non-carbon energy supplies?

The following resources are provided as background for our discussion:

A. Geopolitics of Energy. Daniel Nussbaum:

B. Clean energy investment is extending its lead over fossil fuels, boosted by energy security strengths. International Energy Agency, 23 May 2023, at https://www.iea.org/news/clean-energy-investment-is-extending-its-lead-over-fossil-fuels-boosted-by-energy-security-strengths

C. Great Decisions 2023 topic (Feb 6) on “Energy Security” at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1LGlfC4e9YzZvG_3FdnEyIoHUxtbE0v5n/view?usp=share_link

D. Data and trends in world energy production and consumption, see online at: Enerdata World Energy and Climate Statistics Yearbook 2022; and, Wikipedia World Energy Supply and Consumption

Boyd Haight and Linda Dilger
Moderators