Originally aired March 9th, 2011

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Recent civil unrest in North Africa and the Middle East has captured global attention, as many hope for more humane, democratic governments in that part of the world, while others express concern over what new leadership might mean for relations with the West. With large scale unrest in a region so closely associated with oil production, it has been suggested that these events could impact energy markets, with an ensuing effect on Western economies.

What potential effects could the upheaval in the Middle East have on energy, and are these a cause for concern, or positivity? That's the big question that The Energy Collective brings together our newest webcast to explore. Among others, we'll also discuss:

  • How important are unstable nations like Libya to global/US energy supply?
  • Is recent commodity price volatility speculative?
  • What role were Egypt and Libya playing in oil markets prior to civil unrest?
  • What are the risks associated with new leadership in Egypt and other countries?
  • Has any of the civil unrest affected OPEC's actions?

Kevin Book is Managing Director of Research for ClearView Energy Partners, LLC. As an energy analyst, Kevin has a reputation for tackling the controversial, inscrutable and hard-to-quantify questions at the core of U.S. and international energy policy. Kevin’s primary coverage areas include oil, natural gas and refining; climate policy; alternative fuels, vehicles and power; and geopolitical risk analysis. Prior to co-founding ClearView in February 2009, Kevin worked as Senior Vice President of energy policy, oil and alternative energy research at FBR Capital Markets Corporation. Kevin holds an M.A. in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a B.A. in economics from Tufts University.

Geoffrey Styles is Managing Director of GSW Strategy Group, LLC, an energy and environmental strategy consulting firm. His industry experience includes 22 years at Texaco Inc., culminating in a senior position on Texaco’s leadership team for strategy development, focused on the global refining, marketing, transportation and alternative energy businesses, and global issues such as climate change. Previously he held senior positions in alliance management, planning, supply & distribution, and risk management. His "Energy Outlook" blog has been quoted frequently by the Wall Street Journal and was named one of the “Top 50 Eco Blogs” by the Times of London.

Marc Gunther is a veteran journalist, speaker, writer and consultant whose focus is business and sustainability. Marc is a contributing editor at FORTUNE magazine, a senior writer at Greenbiz.com, a lead blogger at The Energy Collective. He's also a husband and father, a lover of the outdoors and a marathon runner. Marc is the author or co-author of four books, including Faith and Fortune: How Compassionate Capitalism is Transforming American Business. He's a graduate of Yale who lives in Bethesda, MD.