About Chris Wright
2020 Panelist Profile | Q&A with Chris
He has had a lifelong passion for energy and its role in human life. He has spoken on energy to the UK House of Lords, the States Attorneys General, Federal and State Judges, debated the merits of the shale revolution on TV and given over 100 talks.
Chris completed an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at MIT and graduate work in Electrical Engineering at both UC Berkeley and MIT.
Chris founded Pinnacle Technologies and from 1992 - 2006 years served as CEO. Pinnacle created the hydraulic fracture mapping industry by developing and commercializing tiltmeter and microseismic fracture mapping. Pinnacle's innovations in fracturing practices helped launch commercial shale gas production in the late 1990’s.
Chris was Chairman of Stroud Energy, an early shale gas producer, prior to its sale to Range Resources in 2006. Chris is a director of TAS (industrial energy technology company), Kerogen Exploration, Liberty Oilfield Services, and Liberty Resources.
Chris has consulted and taught courses on all six inhabited continents and authored / co-authored over 60 technical papers and articles. He has received numerous industry awards and several U.S. patents. Chris also worked on fusion energy, solar energy, and geothermal energy.
Chris grew up in Colorado and is a passionate skier, cyclist, climber, and outdoor enthusiast. He serves on the board of numerous non-profits including PERC, ACE Colorado, ACE Montana, Colorado Academy, PRI, and the YCCF.
Have you attended The Energy Summit before?
I have been a regular attendee at the Energy Summit since my wife and moved back to our hometown (Denver), nine years ago. I have been a guest and panelist before.
Why do you think this topic is critical in the oil and natural gas industry at this time?
These are the BIG questions of our day. I have been following and speaking on climate change for 15 years. I have been speaking on public health, life expectancy, human scourges, and human progress for a few years, mostly in connection with the climate change. My wife also worked in public health. These are scary times, but also very interesting times. Humans are ingenious, hence I am optimistic that we solve both of these challenges.
How would you recommend that someone stays current on these issues if they are interested or want to know more
For both COVID and climate change it is critical to start with the actual data from the primary sources. Journalism on both topics has been rather poor for obvious reasons. Journalists need to write with eye-catching headlines and dramatic conclusions. Reality is more complex than that. Build your own story by gathering the primary data to see what is actually happening. With COVID, watch the serology studies that are starting to come out. We are learning the the prevalence of COVID is far greater than our limited number of actual tests indicate. However, this indicates that the lethality is also far lower. Still so much we don’t know about COVID — so much to learn! On climate change, watch the trends in temperature, sea ice, extreme weather, greenhouse gas emissions, etc. You will likely be quite surprised after reviewing primary data.
Speaking of the Energy summit, the EIA recently released their data for the full year 2019. Here are a few highlights:
Any great books or binge-worthy shows to recommend?
A Question of Power, by Robert Bryce
Factfullness, by Hans Rosling
Shadow Divers, by Robert Kurson
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