Newswise — With so much uncertainty in the energy market, the roles of fossil fuels and biofuels will be crucial to the heath of the world's economy and environment. Experts in global energy will discuss these issues in a forum on Monday morning, 6 October in Houston, TX.

The forum will be held from 8:00 to 10:30 am in Ballroom C of the George R. Brown Convention Center as a featured lecture of the 2008 Joint Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America (GSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA), American Society of Agronomy (ASA), ad Crop Science Society of America (CSSA). The presentations serve as the CSSA Betty Klepper Endowed Lectureship and the GSA Michael T. Halbouty Distinguished Lecture.

The global energy forum featured presenters are:

"¢ Bruce McCarl is a Regents Professor and Distinguished Professor of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University. His work is focused on the relationship between climate change and agriculture, and portions of his work have been done jointly with the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. His presentation, "Agriculture, Climate Change Mitigation and Biofuels: Economic Explorations," will discuss the inevitability of the global climate change and the urgent need for our agricultural practices to adapt, plus the role of agriculture in reducing the globe's net emissions. His work largely focuses on economic research and how agriculture and alternative fuels affect U.S. consumers.

"¢ Douglas Durante has long been a supporter of clean transportation fuels as founder and director of the Clean Fuels Development Coalition, and has been at the center of numerous federal legislative initiatives for projects related to alternative fuels and agriculture. His presentation is titled "Biofuels at the Crossroads: Policy, Market, and Other Factors Driving Growth," and will feature his unique insight on policy making related to biofuels.

"¢ Peter McCabe has more than 30 years of experience conducting geologic research related to fossil fuels, and is a recognized expert in fossil fuel resource assessment. He has also been involved with GSA, the Society for Sedimentary Geology, and American Association of Petroleum Geologists His presentation, "World Fossil Fuel Resources: How Much Is Left? How Valid Are Predictions about Future Production?" will focus on the assessment of resources available and the necessity of developing technology toward creating more accurate estimates. With future energy scenarios so uncertain in the world, proper assessments of fossil fuel resources could have profound geopolitical implications.

More than 8,000 scientists and professionals will gather at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, 5 to 9 October to discuss the latest research and trends in energy, water resources, climate change, agriculture, science education, and more. This is the first-ever Joint Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, Soil Science Society of America, American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies. For meeting information, visit: or contact GSA's Christa Stratton or SSSA-ASA-CSSA's Sara Uttech.

Complimentary registration is offered to credentialed journalists. To register, present a business card or other press credentials to the Newsroom in Houston, Room 350-B George R. Brown Convention Center. Newsroom Phone, beginning 4 October: +1-713-853-8329. For media eligibility requirements and registration information, visit

The Geological Society of America (GSA), founded in 1888, is a broad, unifying scientific society with 21,000 members from academia, government, and industry in more than 85 countries. Through its meetings, publications, and programs, GSA enhances the professional growth of its members, and promotes the geosciences in the service of humankind. Headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, GSA encourages cooperative research among earth, life, planetary, and social scientists, fosters public dialogue on geoscience issues, and supports all levels of earth science education.

ASA (, CSSA ( and SSSA ( are scientific societies based in Madison, WI, helping their 11,000+ members advance the disciplines and practices of agronomy, crop, and soil sciences by supporting professional growth and science policy initiatives, and by providing quality, research-based publications and a variety of member services.