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Learn more about the upcoming book, The Quest and other previous books by Daniel Yergin.


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Making Sense of the U.S. Oil Boom
Wall Street Journal
September 13, 2012

Daniel Yergin talks about where it's coming from and what it will mean for the U.S.—and the world

How Is Energy Remaking the World?
Foreign Policy
July/August 2012 issue

To navigate the complicated new politics of oil and gas, FP asked the author of The Quest and leading U.S. energy historian to help shape our latest survey -- and guide us through the results.

America’s New Energy Reality
New York Times
June 9, 2012

AMERICA needs a new political discourse on energy.

What's Behind Rising Gas Prices?
Wall Street Journal
March 15, 2012

With so many ships trawling the crowded waters of the Persian Gulf, there is always the risk of an 'accident' or 'collision' with unintended consequences.


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A perilous and crucial quest
The Economist
January 5, 2011

The author and policy advisor on peak oil, shale gas and how climate change will impact where people get their energy from.


People Who Mattered in 2011
Time magazine
December 15, 2011

If there's one man whose opinion matters more than any other on global energy markets, it's Daniel Yergin….  In 2011 Yergin came out with his long-awaited follow-up, The Quest, which surveyed the recent history of the energy industry, from oil to nuclear to renewable power.


Review: The Quest by Daniel Yergin
January 3, 2012

Daniel Yergin's The Quest: Human Ingenuity, Passion, the Fall of Caliphatism and the Rise of Prosperity

White House Faces Tough Choice On Iran Sanctions

NPR’s Morning Edition
December 21, 2011

Energy analyst Daniel Yergin, chairman of IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates, says there are no easy answers. "There are only trade-offs, and many of the trade-offs are difficult ones," Yergin says.


New Iran Sanctions, and Fears of Backfire
NPR’s Morning Edition
December 15, 2011

"Iran has done very well out of these high oil prices," notes Daniel Yergin, chairman of IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates and the author of The Quest, a new book on the energy economy….”

Oil boomlet sweeps U.S. as exports and production rise

USA Today
December 16, 2011
"What's occurring is a rebalancing of the world oil supply," says Daniel Yergin, energy historian and author of The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World….”


Oil Poised to Hit 150 Year High
CBS Moneywatch
December 15, 2011

"Brent crude prices are approaching their highest annual average, a level higher than the peaks recorded by other widely accepted benchmarks going back to Colonel Drake and the origins of the modern petroleum industry in Pennsylvania more than a century and a half ago," said IHS CERA chairman Daniel Yergin.


Oil Flirts with $100 as Iran Tensions Rise
November 29, 2011
"Iran, and the Middle East in general, have kind of faded from the oil price. The oil price has been driven more than anything else by concerns about Europe and slowing in China," said Daniel Yergin, CEO of IHS CERA. "I think we're going to see, as talk increases about sanctions on Iran and Iran makes counter-threats in response, that it's going to start to play more into the oil price."


David Brooks: Shale Gas Revolution
New York Times
November 4, 2011

As Daniel Yergin writes in “The Quest,” his gripping history of energy innovation, Mitchell fought through waves of skepticism and opposition to extract natural gas from shale. The method he and his team used to release the trapped gas, called fracking, has paid off in the most immense way.


Pendulum swings on American oil independence
Financial Times
October 31, 2011

“Over the past couple of years, there has been a great U-turn in US oil supply,” says Daniel Yergin of IHS Cera, the research group. “Until recently, the question was whether oil imports would flatten out. Now we are seeing a major rebalancing of supplies.”


Yergin: Only politics can threaten energy supplies
Associated Press
October 26, 2011

"The Quest" explains how the world's energy mix will shift in the coming decades from oil and coal and toward natural gas and renewables such as wind, solar and biofuels — but very slowly. Rising prices for fossil fuels will spur new technologies for finding them, and for developing alternatives.

Yergin spoke with The Associated Press in New York about energy's past and future. Below are excerpts of the interview, edited for length and clarity.


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FT Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year 2011
Financial Times
August 8, 2011

These and the other longlisted titles are big books in every sense (The Quest, energy expert Daniel Yergin’s sequel to The Prize, runs to more than 700 pages). 

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