This past summer, Eve Sprunt, SPE President Elect, faced the on going issue of the industry's image while on a business trip to Southeast Asia. People view the petroleum industry as a sunset industry. They have heard predicitions that oil production will peak in the next decade or so and fear that someone entering the industry today will have their career cut short by the lack of resources.

Our image, among many other things, makes this industry an easy target for arbitrary and volatile taxation and regulation, etc. This is old news as the problem has been around for the petroleum segment of the industry since Titusville, and for the energy industry in general since mankind first discovered fire.

Dealing with depleting resources has always been a part of our business. It is dealing with the problem of depleting human resources that is a more recent phenomenon.

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