On Wednesday, April 11, AGA President and CEO Dave McCurdy and I traveled to New York to participate in the New York Times Energy for Tomorrow Conference . The day began with a stop at NBC Studios at 30 Rockefeller Plaza for an interview on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” Because the anchors, Joe Kernen, Becky Quick and Andrew Ross Sorkin, were covering breaking news of an earthquake that struck near Indonesia, McCurdy’s interview was cut short, but he did get a chance to talk briefly about how customers are benefitting from low and stable gas prices. Watch it here:
Later in the day, McCurdy participated in the New York Times Energy for Tomorrow Conference, where everyone was talking about natural gas—from the responsible development of this abundant domestic resource to the role it should play in our nation’s energy portfolio.
The conference included a discussion of the presidential campaign with The New York Times’ political correspondents, a speech by Daniel Yergin, appearances by Carol Browner and T. Boone Pickens and a conversation between United States Secretary of Energy Dr. Steven Chu and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman.
The conference was a gathering of global leaders in energy and economics discussing the critical question of how to meet the world’s staggering energy needs, and in the afternoon, McCurdy joined a panel entitled “What do we do with natural gas?” moderated by New York Times Op-Ed columnist Joe Nocera. The lively discussion included Mark Brownstein, chief counsel of the Energy Program, Environmental Defense Fund, Michael Levi, senior fellow for energy and the environment, Council on Foreign Relations and Steve Mueller, president and CEO, Southwestern Energy Company. The conversation covered the gamut of issues about the safe and reliable delivery of clean natural gas and how it can help reach our national goals of improving our environment and increasing our energy security.
Watch the entire discussion here.