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Where a booming oil market meets wind and solar alternatives, geopolitics happens

In his latest work, The New Map: Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations, author Daniel Yergin analyzes how America became the beneficiary of an energy revolution.

Since 1970, U.S. oil production had been dropping steadily. In the year 2000, that trajectory started to change, thanks to the widespread use of improved fracking technology. By 2018, the U.S. overtook Russia and Saudi Arabia to become the world’s largest oil producer.

The New Map explores the geopolitical impact of that unexpected oil boom. It also examines what role wind and solar energy expansion will play, as nations around the world push for solutions to climate change

Daniel Yergin is an energy expert, and economic historian. He was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1992 for his book The Prize: The Epic Quest For Oil, Money & Power. The University Book Store presented this event on November 23. KUOW’s Ross Reynolds interviewed Mr. Yergin.