PULLMAN, Wash. — A top geologist, now retired from ExxonMobil Exploration Co., will discuss “Global Energy-The Next Decade and Beyond” Oct. 18 at Washington State University.

Arthur R. Green, a 1957 WSU geology graduate and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Distinguished Lecturer, will speak on the Pullman campus at 4 p.m. in Bryan Hall, Room 305.

“The peaking of oil and gas production is sure to happen, and while the timing is uncertain, there are signs of change on the horizon,” Green said. “The coming changes in the global energy balance have political, environmental, economic and security implications …. The next stage of the energy business will be its greatest challenge as corporations and governments try to meet the never-ending demand for new sources of petroleum as oil and gas fields are depleted.

“Recognizing and facing energy realities, learning from history and developing an integrated plan is critical for an industry that requires lead times of 10-15 years. I am optimistic about our energy future and the leadership that will be furnished by science and innovative technology. As we meet the energy challenges of the future, our actions must be in concert with our beautiful planet and its precious creatures large and small.”

After graduating from WSU, Green earned a master’s degree in geology from the University of Oregon.  He joined Humble Oil Co. in 1962 as a well-site geologist and moved to its sister firm, Exxon Production Co. in 1969.  He rose through various units to become chief geoscientist with Exxon Exploration Co. in 1997.  He retired from this position in 2003.

Green has authored numerous regional studies and basin analysis reports, including papers on the evolution of the Earth’s crust. He has also pursued interests in the influence of geology on human history and analysis techniques.

His lecture is sponsored by the WSU Department of Geology.