NEW YORK, May 22 /PRNewswire/ --

- 'Sense and Sustainability: What Strategies Will Really Work to Create a New Energy Future?'

Platts, a leading global provider of energy and commodities information and a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE: MHP), today announced that Dr. Madeleine K. Albright, principal of the Albright Group, former U.S. Secretary of State and distinguished American diplomat, will be a featured speaker at its second annual Platts Lecture on December 3, 2008 at Deutsche Bank, 60 Wall Street in New York City.

As the world struggles with surging population, the rise of new political powers, and the possible socio-political implications of climate change, it's certain that international politics will play a key role in any energy sustainability policy. Dr. Albright, with decades of global political experience, will examine the crucial issues in international relations that must underpin any truly global strategy to resolve the three-way tension between greenhouse gas reduction, energy security and energy cost.

"Platts has had a 100-year tradition of combining energy market intelligence with insightful political and economic analysis," said Victoria Chu Pao, president of Platts. "The Platts Lectures provide a forum for serious industry debate, and we are honored to welcome Dr. Albright to share her unique global perspective on the political and other forces which will shape how governments approach strategies to secure the world's energy future."

The Platts Lecture -- "Sense and Sustainability: What Strategies Will Really Work to Create a New Energy Future?" will be attended by hundreds of senior executives from across the globe representing all energy sectors and the financial community. Dr. Albright will be joined by additional Lecture speakers that will include globally renowned industry leaders and academics who excel in thought leadership and innovation. The event coincides with the 10th Anniversary of the annual Platts Global Energy Awards Gala. Visit for more information.

The Platts Lecture series aspires to raise the level of global energy industry debate, creating the definitive forum for examining serious long-term issues facing the world's energy businesses and policy-makers.

R.W. Beck, a leading provider of business and technical consulting, is returning for a second year as the principal sponsor of the 2008 Platts Lecture. R. W. Beck, Inc. ( is a technically based business consulting firm providing engineering, economic, financial and planning solutions for the energy, water and solid waste industries.

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