Arctic Anxiety and Last Call for Early Birds!

We’re wrapping up an exciting week for TEC 2013, and with only two days left to buy discounted early bird tickets (available through February 16), we wanted to give you another sneak peak of what’s around the corner.

The U.S. Geological Survey estimates that 13 percent of the world’s undiscovered oil and 30 percent of the world’s untapped natural gas resides in the Arctic. As global climate change continues to affect the melting of polar ice caps, increased access to these resources has many nations and international firms vying for opportunities to advance on this unexplored territory. Disputes over extended economic zones and territories, governance of newly opened shipping lanes, and future economic policies in the High North are escalating tensions between nations. Drilling in the Arctic region has tremendous political and environmental risks, but there is also potential for great economic reward. What are the priorities of policymakers and firms as they address this new opportunity and its potential consequences? Do the economic gains outweigh the environmental and political risks?

TEC 2013’s Arctic panel will explore the strategies of policymakers, firms, local populations, and investors in approaching natural resources in the Arctic. Featured speakers include:
  • Malte Humpert, Executive Director, The Arctic Institute
  • Caitlyn Antrim, Executive Director, Rule of Law Committee for the Oceans
  • Doug Helton, Operations Coordinator, Office of Response and Restoration, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Captain Jonathan S. Spaner, Director, Office of Emerging Policy, United States Coast Guard
  • William Moomaw, Director of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Moderator)
For more information, visit our website. Remember you can save money by buying early bird tickets through Saturday (tomorrow)!