Marvin Odum, CEO of Shell Oil Company, addresses topics on resource overload and energy challenges facing the planet, from today to the year 2050. Joel Achebach moderates."
Joel Achenbach has been a staff writer for The Washington Post since 1990. He started the newsroom’s first online column in 1999 and the paper’s first blog, Achenblog, in 2005. Now assigned to the Post’s national desk, he writes on science and politics and helped cover the Deepwater Horizon story. His seventh book, A Hole at the Bottom of the Sea, an account of the Deepwater Horizon disaster and its aftermath, was published in 2011. Achenbach has been a regular contributor to National Geographic magazine since 1998, writing stories on such topics as dinosaurs, particle physics, earthquakes, extraterrestrial life, megafauna extinction, and the electrical grid. His syndicated column Why Things Are, which he began when he worked at The Miami Herald, ran from 1988 to 1996 and appeared in 50 newspapers. Ballantine Books published three collections of the column. He has taught journalism at Princeton University and Georgetown University.
Marvin E. Odum is president of Shell Oil Company and director upstream of Royal Dutch Shell’s subsidiary companies in the Americas. He directs a broad portfolio, from traditional oil and gas development to emerging technologies in a wide range of areas, including heavy oil, onshore gas, light tight oil, deep water, wind, and biofuels. He holds positions of board leadership and participation in the Business Roundtable and the American Petroleum Institute. Odum is a member of the Dean’s Council of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the advisory board of the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He also serves on the University Cancer Foundation Board of Visitors for MD Anderson Cancer Center. Odum began his Shell career as an engineer in 1982 and has since served in a number of management positions of increasing responsibility in both technical and commercial aspects of energy.
Shell's CEO Marvin Odum believes America can become energy independent if it chooses to do so. It may choose, however, not to be, if there are secure energy resources that are easily and cheaply available.