Montana Energy 2014 to feature energy advocates, executives

2014-03-01T00:00:00Z Montana Energy 2014 to feature energy advocates, executivesBILLINGS BUSINESS The Billings Gazette
March 01, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Author Robert Bryce, who has written about the rise and fall of Enron and is a frequent critic of green energy and the goal of energy independence, will join a host of energy company executives as keynote speakers for Montana Energy 2014, a conference and trade show April 2-3 at MetraPark.

Bryce’s energy-related essays have been published in dozens of publications, including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the National Review and the Washington Post.

In his 2008 book, “Gusher of Lies: the Dangerous Delusions of ‘Energy Independence,’” Bryce argues that while energy independence is as popular as mom and apple pie, achieving it is probably not in the nation’s best interest.

“Energy independence, at its root, means protectionism and isolationism, both of which are in direct opposition to America’s long-term interests in the Persian Gulf and globally,” he writes.

For the most part, “Gusher of Lies” was written before the boom in oil and gas production from shale swept the country.

Since then, many have predicted that the United States may become energy independent within a few years thanks to nontraditional sources of energy.

Bryce is a harsh critic of government policy that mandated ethanol as a motor fuel. Likewise, he believes that wind energy and solar power aren’t capable of providing sufficient energy at affordable prices. Nuclear power is a much more realistic option, he argues.

Other keynote speakers at Montana Energy 2014 include:

n Robert Rowe, president and chief executive officer of NorthWest Energy.

n Colin Marshall, president and chief executive officer of Cloud Peak Energy.

n Thomas Nusz, chairman and chief executive officer of Oasis Petroleum.

n David Goodin, president and chief executive officer of MDU Resources Group.

n James Volker, president and chief executive officer of Whiting Petroleum

The conference will touch on a variety of issues, from sage grouse to transporting coal and oil by rail, and the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline.

Sponsors include the Montana Contractors Association, the Montana Petroleum Association, KLJ and the Montana Coal Council.

More information is available at www.montanaenergy.net.

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