Featured Speakers

Peter Dykstra

Dykstra is publisher of Environmental Health News and its sister site, the Daily Climate. During a 17-year career at CNN, Peter Dykstra was executive producer for science, environment, weather and technology coverage. He shared an Emmy award for CNN's coverage of the 1993 Mississippi River floods; a Dupont-Columbia Award for the network's reporting on the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami; and a Peabody Award for the 2005 coverage of Hurricane Katrina.  Prior to CNN, Dykstra was national media director for Greenpeace, setting up the organization's U.S. media operations.

In 2009, he launched Science Nation, a video news series, for the National Science Foundation. From 2009 to 2011, he was a deputy director at The Pew Charitable Trusts, in charge of web, print and broadcast communications for the Pew Environment Group.

Dykstra is a former Board member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and serves on the Advisory Board for the Mother Nature Network, an online environmental news site, and the Ted Scripps Environmental Journalism Fellowships at the University of Colorado. Dykstra is a judge for the Oakes Award for Environmental Journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and he was a jurist for the National Academy of Sciences Communications Awards

He has a Bachelor of Science degree in communication from Boston University and lives in Conyers, Ga. He has three grown children.

General (ret) Ronald E. Keys, USAF

General Ron Keys retired from the Air Force in November 2007 after completing a career of over forty years. His last assignment was as Commander, Air Combat Command, the Air Force’s largest major command, consisting of more than 1,200 aircraft, 27 wings, 17 bases and 200 operating locations worldwide with 105,000 personnel. Under his leadership, ACC organized and stood up the Air Force’s first Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Wing and first Network Warfare Wing. General Keys holds a Bachelor of Science from Kansas State University and a Master’s degree in business administration from Golden Gate University. In addition to numerous professional military education courses, Gen Keys has participated in the National and International Security Seminar, JFK School of Government, Harvard, as well as Leadership at the Peak, Center for Creative Leadership, in Colorado Springs. In September 2007, he received the Air Force Association's most prestigious annual award, (The H. H. Arnold Award) as the military member who had made the most significant contribution to national defense. Upon retirement he was also selected as the Air Force Reserve Officer Corps first AFROTC Distinguished Alumni award recipient. General Keys is a command pilot with more than 4,000 flying hours in fighter aircraft, including more than 300 hours of combat time.

No stranger to energy challenges, Gen Keys first faced them operationally as a young Air Force Captain, piloting F-4s during the fuel embargo of the 1970s. Later, as Director of Operations for European Command, fuel and logistic supply provisioning were critical decisions during humanitarian, rescue, and combat operations across EUCOM’s area of responsibility including the Balkans and deep into Africa. As Commander of Allied Air Forces Southern Europe and Commander of the U.S. 16th Air Force, similar hard choices had to be made in supporting OPERATION NORTHERN WATCH in Iraq as well as for combat air patrols and resupply in the Balkans. Later, as the Director of all Air Force Air, Space, and Cyber mission areas as well as operational requirements in the early 2000’s, he saw the impact of energy choices on budget planning and execution as well as in training and supporting operational plans in Iraq and Afghanistan. Finally, at Air Combat Command, he faced the total challenge of organizing, training, and equipping forces at home and deployed to balance mission effectiveness with crucial energy efficiency. Continuing after retirement, he has advised the U.S. Air Force on energy security strategy planning and acted as a subject matter expert during analysis of energy impacts and tradeoffs in “futures” war games. He is a member of The Center for Climate and Security Climate and Security Working Group focused on developing policy options and encouraging dialogue and education on the issues. As a member of the CNA Advisory Board on DoD Energy Security and Climate Change projects he is intimately familiar with the relationship of energy, military, economic and national security.

General Keys resides in Woodbridge, Virginia and owns RK Solution Enterprises, an independent consultancy. In addition to his energy portfolio, he is a Senior Advisor to the Bipartisan Policy Center, and a Member of the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Board of Trustees. He also advises various other DoD and Non-DoD related firms on advanced technologies, cyber issues, remotely piloted aircraft, marketing, strategic planning, and policy development issues.