Transborder Energy in North America

2011 National Conference & North American Summit

Maximizing Oil Partnerships in North America
October 21, 2011

Presentation by D. Rick Van Schoik, Director, North American Center for Transborder Studies

America runs on oil and like it or not, the nation will continue to do so well into the future. While technological and cultural shifts impacting U.S. dependence on oil are steadily gaining ground, the country consumes more than 19 million barrels of oil each day with half coming from imports; Canada and Mexico are two of the U.S.'s largest energy partners. To boost energy security, create jobs and lower the price at the pump for consumers, the U.S. must work with its continental neighbors to maximize North American oil production. This session explored current and future partnerships across the Northern and Southern borders and new ways the three countries are cooperating to ensure a more secure and reliable resource future.

Transborder Energy in North America

D. Rick Van Schoik

Mr. Van Schoik serves as the first director of the North American Center for Transborder Studies (NACTS).  His three decade-long experience in developing, funding, managing, and interpreting international programs enables NACTS to pursue complex, multidisciplinary, trinational research and policy work.

He was previously the director of the Southwest Consortium for Environmental Research and Policy.  He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and was a SEAL until returning to graduate school at the California State University at San Diego.

He resides on the beach in California.