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OPEC/ALASKA FORUM TO CONTINUE DIALOGUE IN FUTURE

 OPEC/ALASKA FORUM TO CONTINUE DIALOGUE IN FUTURE
 ANCHORAGE, Alaska, July 28 /PRNewswire/ -- In view of the tide of environmental issues now sweeping across the globe, OPEC and Alaska, where oil is the economic lifeblood, hope to continue a dialogue about the future, the University of Alaska Anchorage said today.
 Dr. Subroto, Secretary General of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), told the "Energy Issues in the 1990s" Conference here that OPEC and Alaska "must do all in their power to defend an industry which has been traditionally regarded as the source of economic growth, but which is now under siege, ostensibly in the name of the environment."
 The University of Alaska Anchorage School of Business and OPEC co-hosted the 1990s energy conference, July 23 and 24, included participants from private industry, federal, state and local government offices, academic institutions and environmental organizations.
 "Our governments, our own complacent industry, and the public at large must realize that the new energy scenario being shaped by the environmental debate calls, not for reduced energy consumption...but for new technologies designed to improve the quality of energy forms, for legislation which permits all those energy forms to compete fairly with each other,...and for general acceptance that energy is going to have to cost more," Dr. Subroto said.
 In addition to relying on oil as the leading source of income, Alaska and the OPEC nations share similar economic, environmental and social challenges," explained University of Alaska Anchorage Chancellor Donald F. Behrend in his opening address. "In Alaska and elsewhere, we must strive to strike a dynamic balance between economic development and environmental protection."
 Behrend charged conference participants to initiate an ongoing forum between University of Alaska Anchorage and the OPEC Secretariate to provide a non-political arena where problems associated with development of energy resources could be identified and analyzed, and then lead to an evolution of strategies based on sound economic and environmental principles.
 "This forum would provide a badly needed exchange of data, information and ideas based upon the most complete experience available in the fields of energy development and management, and the maintenance of environmental quality," Behrend said.
 Dr. Subroto, agreed that OPEC and Alaska share common concerns and that communication is the key to understanding and learning.
 "OPEC will meet with Alaskans again, next year, in Anchorage or in Vienna |at OPEC headquarters~," Dr. Subroto said, "to continue this dialogue of understanding among the oil producing nations and states."
 When asked what other cooperations could come from the OPEC/Alaska meeting, Dr. Subroto answered "First comes dialogue, communication and understanding of each other; after that can come specific proposals and actions."
 Copies of the "Energy Issues for the 1990's" Conference papers will be available for $25 plus shipping. To order conference papers or inquire about videotape copies of the conference's three keynote presentations and Long-Term Oil Strategy presentations, contact the University of Alaska Anchorage School of Business, 3211 Providence Drive, Anchorage, Alaska 99577, U.S.A., Phone 907-786-1754.
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