Daniel Yergin - Vice Chairman at IHS

Vice Chairman at IHS



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IT and Technology



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The bestselling book The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World, by energy expert Daniel Yergin, tells the compelling story of the efforts by diverse global interests to secure sustainable energy sources. The book continues the historical saga begun in The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power. In The Quest, Daniel Yergin explores the energy resources, from solar and wind to oil and natural gas, which have grown in importance as new technologies enable the exploitation of new reserves. Yergin’s approach is unique, describing technological advances while linking historical circumstances and next-generation possibilities.
In the section of The Quest entitled “Securing the Supply,” Daniel Yergin juxtaposes current concerns regarding energy security with Winston Churchill’s momentous decision to diversify Britain’s strategic fuel supply beyond coal. The decision, undertaken just before World War I, was a difficult one to make. Though oil would increase the British fleet’s efficiency and speed, Mr. Churchill recognized the inherent danger in relying on a Persian (modern-day Iran) energy source that might be suddenly cut off. Daniel Yergin notes that, while such traditional geostrategic fears remain valid today, they are further complicated by the new threats of cyber-terrorism, extreme climate, high-seas piracy, and ever-increasing energy demand from emerging economies.
The Quest received outstanding reviews from leading international publications including The Economist, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Christian Science Monitor—topping its list of “nonfiction titles you don’t want to miss”. Fareed Zakaria, Editor-at-Large of TIME Magazine, and host of CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS, dubbed Yergin’s book an “intelligent new opus” tackling the most important questions about the future of energy.

Daniel Yergin's Professional Experience

2012 - Present

IHS - Vice Chairman

Dr. Yergin devotes significant time in his book to the past, progress, and prospects of renewable resources including wind, biofuels, and solar energy. He emphasizes the distinct possibility of game-changing technology being developed and compares venture capitalist interest in such technologies to Internet startups In a chapter called “The Science Experiment”.