Associate Director of the Maguire Energy Institute
Adjunct Professor of Business Economics, Cox School of Business
Southern Methodist University
“American Energy Independence and The Shale Gas Revolution”
New techniques in hydraulic fracturing have provided access to oil and natural gas trapped in shale formations across the United States. The recent "shale revolution" caused US oil production to reach a 25 year high in December 2013, and the country is now the leading producer of natural gas in the world. Dr. Weinstein will discuss how vast increases in oil and natural gas production are shifting the American energy landscape and what expanding access to natural gas could mean for the manufacturing sector. He will also consider some of the policies affecting growth in the American economy such as transportation and export restrictions.
Bernard Weinstein is Associate Director of the Maguire Energy Institute and an Adjunct Professor of Business Economics in the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. From 1989 to 2009 he was Director of the Center for Economic Development and Research at the University of North Texas, where he is now an Emeritus Professor of Applied Economics.
Dr. Weinstein studied public administration at Dartmouth College and received his A.B. in 1963. After a year of study at the London School of Economics and Political Science, he began graduate work in economics at Columbia University, receiving an M.A. in 1966 and a Ph.D. in 1973.
He has taught at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the State University of New York, the University of Texas at Dallas, and the University of North Texas. He has been a research associate with the Tax Foundation in Washington, D.C. and the Gray Institute in Beaumont, Texas. He has worked for several U.S. government agencies including the President's Commission on School Finance, the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Trade Commission.
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