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Energy & Climate

UT Energy Forum


University of Texas at Austin

Trevor Houser delivers the keynote address at the University of Texas at Austin’s 3rd annual Energy Forum. Houser’s forthcoming book from the Peterson Institute for International Economics is the first comprehensive assessment of the economic and environmental implications of the unconventional oil and gas boom. The study analyzes the impact on US GDP growth, employment, international competitiveness, air pollution and GHG emissions between now and 2035 of a range of potential oil and gas supply scenarios. Houser also analyzes how the growth in domestic oil and gas supply changes the politics and economics of climate change policy and the outlook for renewable energy. The hydrocarbon boom has rearranged the political map, making old alliances unworkable and new alliances possible. It also raises a host of new climate-related issues, from fugitive methane emissions to large-scale coal exports.

The University of Texas at Austin (UT) Energy Forum is an entirely student-initiated and student-run event with the purpose of educating the nation about emerging energy issues and promoting communication and collaboration between industry leaders, entrepreneurs, policymakers, and academia.

Founded in 2010, the UT Energy Forum was created by students in the McCombs School of Business. Since then it has grown to involve students from the Cockrell School of Engineering, Jackson School of Geosciences, LBJ School of Public Affairs, School of Architecture, and School of Law. The event is organized and created entirely by graduate students who collaborate to create a program that is representative of the best research and most pressing concerns across a variety of disciples. The conference caters to issues of shared concerns among industry, academia, government, and NGO communities. Consequently, our speakers and attendees represent perspectives from each of these groups.