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Tarpley Discusses Recapturing the Narrative on Energy

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Energy Workforce President Tim Tarpley

Energy Workforce President Tim Tarpley headlined the concluding panel at the North American Gas Forum, produced by Energy Dialogues in Washington D.C. last week. The panel – “Pragmatic Solutions and Collaborations to Replace Aspirational Thinking: Do We Need to Better Frame the Story?” – brought together leaders from the natural gas industry to share insights into the crucial topics of innovation and growth within the energy sector, emphasizing the need for collaborative solutions.

The panel also included Alan Armstrong, Williams; Octávio Simões, Tellurian; and Melanie Kenderdine, Energy Futures Initiative. The discussion was moderated by Dr. Ken Medlock from Rice University’s Baker Institute.

When addressing the question of how to reshape the narrative surrounding innovation and growth, Tarpley delivered a practical and forward-looking perspective on messaging. He stressed, “The industry must underscore its role as an integral part of the solution to the global emissions challenge, armed with facts that demonstrate its active commitment to sustainable solutions and emissions reduction through technology innovation.”

Furthermore, Tarpley urged traditional oil and gas leaders not to shy away from engaging with those who may hold differing views, emphasizing the importance of active participation in discussions shaping the industry’s future. These dialogues are where the industry must clearly convey its dedication to continual carbon emissions reduction and the development of sustainable solutions for the evolving landscape. Tarpley also emphasized the significance of avoiding political polarization within the sector and concentrating on fact-based arguments. By doing so, the industry can foster consensus and contribute to a more constructive discourse.

In a world where the energy sector’s role in mitigating climate change is under scrutiny, Tarpley said, it’s time for the industry to lead with facts and engage with all stakeholders to drive substantial progress.


Maria Suarez-Simmons, Senior Director Energy Policy, writes about industry-specific policies for the Energy Workforce & Technology Council. Click here to subscribe to the Energy Workforce newsletter, which highlights sector-specific issues, best practices, activities and more.
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