John M. Roberts is an energy security specialist with Methinks, focusing on the inter-relationship between energy, economic development, and politics. He is a member of the Advisory Board for the UN Economic Commission for Europe’s (UNECE) Project on Sustainable Energy, and a member of the UNECE Group of Experts on Gas. He is a Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Centre in Washington, DC.
Roberts has a particular expertise in the development of energy in Central Asia and the Caucasus and in the pipelines designed to connect the Caspian to China, Russia, India, and Europe. He is one of Europe’s leading energy security specialists and has testified to UK parliamentary committees on Caspian, Russian, Mideast, Turkish, and Kurdish energy security issues.
He is currently assessing the prospects for Caspian producers to help alleviate energy supply problems in Southern and Central Europe through increased provision of both fossil fuels and renewables.
His view on the current energy crisis is this. We face a paradox: we have never needed fossil fuels so much; we have never needed to get out of fossil fuels so much.