All Posts from September, 2012

Watch this space on ExxonMobil Perspectives today shortly before noon ET as we kick off the NBC News Education Nation Summit Teacher Town Hall. ExxonMobil engineer Brandi Burns will deliver opening remarks, followed by a discussion with teachers moderated by NBC News anchor Brian Williams. The Teacher Town Hall will stream live on Perspectives from 11:45 a.m. until 2 p.m. ET, and the video will remain available for future viewings here on the blog.

Just a reminder about our plans to live stream the NBC News Education Nation Summit Teacher Town Hall on Sunday, September 23 from the New York Public Library. We will show the event in its entirety, including the introductory remarks provided by ExxonMobil engineer Brandi Burns to kick off the discussion. Tune in to ExxonMobil Perspectives at 11:45 am ET for the event, which will be hosted by NBC News anchor Brian Williams before an audience of more than 350 teachers.


Math and science are at the core of ExxonMobil’s business strengths. We employ 18,000 engineers and scientists and 2,000 PhDs. We have a keen interest in increasing proficiency in science, technology, engineering and math. That’s why we are teaming up with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to co-sponsor a nationally televised Teacher Town Hall this Sunday at the historic New York Public Library. Watch the event streamed live on ExxonMobil Perspectives.

People know the U.S. has dramatically increased domestic production of oil and gas the last few years, but by how much? How about 100 times as much? That’s the experience in North Dakota’s Bakken formation, where production in July exceeded 600,000 barrels of oil per day — up from 6,000 bpd just six years ago. Those numbers are a testament to the natural resource revolution spurred by innovative technologies that enable production from unconventional sources like shale and tight rock.


We know that burning natural gas for electricity reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 60 percent compared to coal-fired power generation – that’s a major factor behind the historic drop in U.S. emissions highlighted by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Now it turns out the emissions reductions could be even more impressive going forward.

Energy-related greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. were recently recorded at their lowest levels since 1992, despite the fact our economy is 60 percent bigger and we use more energy than we did two decades ago. How is this possible? Because utilities are using less coal and more natural gas for electricity generation – yet another benefit of the shale revolution transforming American energy.