by Jim Landers | Dallas Morning News

WASHINGTON — Daniel Yergin was given the Energy Department’s first Schlesinger medal for energy security Wednesday for enlightening the world with his best-selling histories, consulting and conferences describing the interaction between energy and political power.

Yergin, a frequent contributor to The Dallas Morning News as well as a longstanding member of the newspaper’s board of energy experts, is the author of The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil Money & Power, which won a Pulitzer Prize, and The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World. He is vice chairman of the consulting firm IHS and the founder of Cambridge Energy Research Associates.

James Schlesinger became the first Secretary of Energy in 1977, after serving as CIA director and Secretary of Defense during the 1973-74 Arab oil embargo.

In accepting the award, Yergin said it represented a call to be ready for future crises.

“There will be disruptions,” he said. “We need to plan for them to occur, to be alert, be prepared and be able to see the big picture,” Yergin said.