John Tobin is the Executive Director of the Energy LITERACY Project, Inc. This program is attempting to address the public perception of energy and, therefore, the energy industry by promoting balanced educational and informational programs that are based on the irreversible, interlocking nature of Energy in all of its forms, including conservation and energy efficiency, the role energy plays in fueling the Economy and the impact our choices of energy has on the Environment.
John has been a Distinguished Lecturer for the Society of Petroleum Engineers, speaking on public energy education and policy issues. The mainstream media often calls on John as an expert on energy price and policy.
He has been an adjunct (or more appropriately “a junk”) instructor at the Colorado School of Mines, Department of Petroleum Engineering. His course taught energy economics and project evaluation techniques, emphasizing the investment decision process in light of the many uncertainties faced in any business.
His 50 years of experience includes, in addition to the above activities, positions with ARCO, Scientific Software Corp., Martin Marietta and Eastman Kodak. He has BS (1964) and MS (1966) degrees from the University of Rochester, NY in Mechanical and Aerospace Sciences. He is a recovering engineer and believes that he is eminently qualified as an energy economist in that he has no academic biases to screw up his views.
Tobin has authored numerous papers on energy price and forecasting, the investment decision process, reserve estimation, energy policy and public energy education. These papers and articles have been presented at various professional conferences and published in many professional and trade publications. These papers and presentations are the basis of an annual trilogy of reports entitled, “Confessions of an Energy Price Forecaster”.