Allan Pulsipher, Marathon Oil Company Professor of Energy Policy and executive director of the LSU Center for Energy Studies, has accepted an invitation to membership to the National Petroleum Council (NPC). The NPC is an advisory committee to the U.S. Secretary of Energy. The council, in existence since World War II, responds to requests from the Secretary of Energy for analysis and guidanceon energy matters involving oil and gas.
NPC members largely come from the oil and gas industry. Pulsipher will be one of a small number of NPC members from academia. NPC studies are objective, policy neutral, and widely regarded as timely and authoritative. Lee R. Raymond, retired chairman of ExxonMobil, serves as the NPC chair, and Claiborne P. Deming, president of Murphy Oil, is vice chair.
According to Pulsipher, the NPC's most recent study and report, Facing Hard Truths about Energy: A Comprehensive View to 2030 of Global Oil and Natural Gas, completed in July 2007, is a good guide to the complexities of the current energy situation.
"We know how important energy is for Louisiana's economy, and at a time when energy is such an important national concern as well, I am very happy to be able to participate in this direct way," Pulsipher said. "The appointment reflects the enhanced national visibility of both the Center for Energy Studies and the University," he added.
Pulsipher has been with LSU since 1990. Previously, he worked as chief economist for the Tennessee Valley Authority, program officer with the Ford Foundation, and as senior staff economist with the President's Council of Economic Advisers under both Presidents Ford and Nixon.