With politics and the economy on the minds of nearly everyone in the country, the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston is bringing experts to weigh in on the issues for students, faculty, staff and the Houston community.
Dr. Jay Hakes, who served as assistant to the Secretary of the Interior for the Jimmy Carter administration and is now director of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, focused on energy independence in a talk he gave in September.
“The fuels that sustain us are the fuels that endanger us,” Hakes said to a crowded group of Bauer students and faculty as well as the general public in the Cullen Performance Hall. “Many of our energy problems are not new problems; they are regurgitated problems.”
Hakes was also on hand to sign copies of his latest book,A Decade of Energy Independence: How Freedom from Foreign Oil Can Improve National Security, Our Economy and the Environment. The book explains problems with America’s dependence on foreign oil, which Hakes says stretches beyond Iraq, and offers “seven economically and politically viable paths to energy independence.”
Management professor Tyler Priest, who is also Director of Global Studies at Bauer College, was instrumental in bringing Hakes to campus. “This is an expert examination of the practical and relatively painless steps this nation can take to reduce its dependence on foreign energy resources,” he said.
“Jay Hakes makes a reasonable case that while it is not possible to achieve complete independence, reducing imports of oil can strengthen the American position in the world,” Priest added.
Priest, who was the chief historian for Shell Oil’s corporate history project and for the federal government’s project to document the history of offshore oil and gas development in the Gulf of Mexico, said that policy and technological innovations to expand domestic energy production will not only enhance our economic security, but they will make businesses and industries more efficient.
“This study is a wonderful example of how a careful and nuanced understanding of history can inform current business, political and technological challenges,” Priest said.
By Hannah Eastham
About the University of Houston
The University of Houston, Texas’ premier metropolitan research and teaching institution, is home to more than 40 research centers and institutes and sponsors more than 300 partnerships with corporate, civic and governmental entities. UH, the most diverse research university in the country, stands at the forefront of education, research and service with more than 35,000 students.
About the Bauer College of Business
The C.T. Bauer College of Business has been in operation for more than 60 years at the University of Houston main campus. Through its five academic departments, the college offers a full-range of undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees in business. The Bauer College is fully accredited by the AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. In August 2000, Houston business leader and philanthropist Charles T. (Ted) Bauer endowed the College of Business with a $40 million gift. In recognition of his generosity, the college was renamed the C.T. Bauer College of Business.