Energy From the Earth: Practical Geoscience to Inform Energy Legislation

Event Details


  • Brenda Pierce, Energy Resources Program Coordinator, U.S. Geological Survey
  • Scott W. Tinker, Professor and State Geologist of Texas, The University of Texas at Austin
  • The session will be moderated by Gene Whitney, Independent Consultant, Washington, DC.

Energy production and consumption support modern life in the United States, and are
integral to the economy, individual communities, and the environment. Geological
resources (oil, natural gas, coal, uranium, thorium, and geothermal) supplied or enabled
almost 90 percent of the energy consumed in the United States in 2011.

The briefing series will provide the geoscience underpinning that is essential for effective
energy and environmental policy making. This first briefing will provide an overview of the
range of energy options available in the United States and the geoscience that underpins
those options. More information on the briefing series.

Please RSVP to Abby Seadler (

Presented by: American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, American Geophysical Union, American Geosciences Institute, Association of American State Geologists, Geological Society of America, National Science Foundation—Directorate for Geosciences, and U.S. Geological Survey.