Introduction at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston


   Thank you for joining me tonight at the Museum of Fine Arts and for welcoming the new members of the Philosophical Society of Texas.

   Tomorrow, we will meet at the James A. Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University to examine our meeting topic of “United States Energy in a Global Context.” To introduce the topic and provide some context, I have asked Amy Myers Jaffee to speak briefly to us before dinner.

   Amy Myers Jaffe is the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow in Energy Studies at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy. She is also associate director of the Rice University energy program. Her research focuses on the subject of oil geopolitics, strategic energy policy, including energy science policy and energy economics. A frequent speaker, she is widely published in academic journals and numerous book volumes. Amy Jaffe served as a member of the reconstruction and economy working group of the Baker/Hamilton Iraq Study Group and as project director for the Baker Institute’s Council on Foreign Relations Task Force on Strategic Energy Policy. Prior to joining the Baker Institute, Amy Jaffe was the senior editor and Middle East analyst for Petroleum Intelligence Weekly.

   To prepare us all for the program tomorrow, she will relate how the city of Houston—and thus the state of Texas—has moved beyond oil and gas energy to become a global energy capital. Amy Myers Jaffee.