EarthxEnergy Assembles International Politicians and Energy Leaders

Lead Global Voices Gather to Discuss the Future of Global Energy

DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href=”” target=”_blank”gt;#climatelt;/agt;–EarthxEnergy
hosted a high profile banquet and conference at this year’s EarthX
that gathered international politicians and lead industry voices to
discuss the latest in global energy technology and policy. From the next
generation of power markets and carbon capture in the oil patch to
nuclear and hydrogen energy, compelling conversations at EarthxEnergy
events ran the gamut of key energy topics.

Rick Perry, the United States Secretary of Energy, delivered a keynote
address on the future of U.S. energy at the Theodore Roosevelt Banquet,
which also included a panel discussion on future energy policy with
Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC), Chair of the Senate Committee on the
Judiciary; Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI); and Susan Eisenhower, CEO
and Chairman of The Eisenhower Group, Inc.

“We kicked off EarthxEnergy with Secretary Perry discussing how we can
transcend divisions to close the global energy gap, working to make our
energy even cleaner and harnessing both nuclear power and renewable
sources,” said Tony Keane, chief executive officer of EarthX. “The panel
that followed featured a compelling discussion among Senators Graham and
Whitehouse, as well as Susan Eisenhower, in which they all agreed that
climate change is real, and that it falls to government working together
with the private sector to establish and drive the economic benefits.”

Following the Roosevelt Banquet, the EarthxEnergy conference convened at
Fair Park. Mark Victor Hansen, founder of Chicken Soup for the Soul,
delivered a breakfast keynote address on “10 Trends to the Future”
followed by remarks from Crystal Dwyer Hansen, President of
Metamorphosis Energy, with questions from Judge Ken Starr. The
EarthxEnergy conference then began with opening remarks from Senator
Graham. This was followed by a conversation about international energy
security with Kenneth A. Hersh, President and CEO of the George W. Bush
Presidential Center, Co-Founder and Advisory Partner of NGP Energy
Capital Management; and William J. Parker, III, CEO, National Defense
University Foundation.

A keynote on the role of oil and gas in the Texas new energy economy was
offered by Mark Houser, chief executive officer of University Lands,
followed by a panel on low emissions natural gas involving Dr. David T.
Allen, Director, Center for Energy and Environmental Resources, UT
Austin; Ned Harvey, Managing Director, Rocky Mountain Institute Zero
Methane Emissions; Dan Powers, Executive Director, CO Labs; and Edward
Saltzberg, Managing Director, Security and Sustainability Forum. Another
panel on hydrogen as the next LNG featured Chip Comins, Chairman-CEO,
American Renewable Energy Institute; David Edwards, Government Affairs,
AirLiquide; Brian Goldstein, Executive Director, Energy Independence
Now; and David Raney, General Manager, Corporate Strategy, Toyota Motors
North America.

The EarthxEnergy luncheon featured Pete Sessions, former U.S.
representative and Chairman of the House Rules Committee and Dr. William
J. Parker, III, in a conversation about how AI and big data can solve
environmental problems with Judge Ken Starr, and Amir Ansari, founder
and CEO of Vaticx and member of the Board of Directors for XPRIZE.

Bill Magness, CEO, ERCOT delivered a keynote on electricity delivery and
grid sustainability, while the fuels of the future and the new carbon
economy were addressed on a panel by William Brandt, Director of
Strategic Integration, LightWorks, Arizona State University; Neville
Fernandes, GM and President, Neste US, Inc.; and Gerard J. Ostheimer,
Ph.D, Senior Advisor, below50, World Business Council for Sustainable
Development. Another panel discussed carbon capture technologies and
innovations with Marcius Extavour, Ph.D, Senior Director, Energy and
Resources, XPRIZE; Tim Kruger, CTO of Origen Power, University of Oxford
Geoengineering Program; and Victor Liu, President, Hunt Energy
Enterprises. Clean capital acceleration strategies for energy
innovation, entrepreneurship, and large-scale deployment incorporated
the perspectives of Jeremy Harrell, Managing Director, Clearpath;
Michael Mehling, Deputy Director, Center for Energy and Environmental
Policy Research, MIT; and Rod Richardson, President, The Grace
Richardson Fund.

Energy choice and grid liberation were examined on a panel featuring
Robert Dillon, Energy Choice Coalition; James Dozier, President of the
Board, Consumers for Responsible Energy Solutions; Lucy Mason, Executive
Director, Arizona Solar Energy Industries; and Eric Powell,
AlixPartners. Following this panel, Marc Campbell, Manager,
Sustainability Projects and Programs, Salt River Project; George
Favaloro, Executive Director, Anthesis; Bruce Thompson, Director,
LendLease Energy Development; and Emily Williams, Senior Director of
Energy Markets, Edison Energy discussed greening the corporate energy
supply. The final panel addressed next generation nuclear with Susan
Eisenhower and Bob Perciasepe, CEO, C2ES; and Rodney Baltzer, COO, Deep

The conference’s final conversation addressed US-Mexico energy successes
and opportunities with Jack Kahan, Grupo Kahan. Senator Sheldon
Whitehouse wrapped the event with his closing remarks.

Earthx2019 drew more than 175,000 attendees during three days of
exhibitions, a film festival, music, entertainment, learning
experiences, discussions, forums, and conferences. After Earthx2019,
EarthX announced that during the event an agreement with the Independent
State of Samoa was signed to transition the island nation to clean and
resilient energy generation. Additionally, three early stage start-ups
focused on cleantech were awarded a collective $300,000 at the EarthX
E-Capital Summit, tripling the initial award offering of $100,000.


convenes the world’s largest environmental expo, conference and film
festival. Founded in 2011 as Earth Day Dallas by environmentalist and
businessman Trammell S. Crow, the Texas-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit
organization promotes environmental awareness and impact through
conscious business, nonpartisan collaboration and community-driven
sustainable solutions. In 2019, the event drew over 175,000 attendees,
2,000 environmental leaders, exhibitors and 400 speakers. Earthx2020
will be held April 24 – 26, 2020 in Dallas. Visit
EarthX is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @earthxorg.


Karen Fleig, EarthX

Ariel Herr for EarthX

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