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Will the US utilise innovative ideas effectively in order to create a self-sufficient domestic energy supply?

Or will one of the richest economies in the world ultimately have to depend on less developed regions?

The Commissioner's policies are well-known throughout the industry, and she impressively oversees the Texas's energy supply, which is key to America's economical stability.


Last week's meeting was focused around Jones's political hurdles with the Obama Administration and the issues she faces in developing America's energy security by advancing domestic energy resources as an alternative to Obama's wish to outsource supplies from other countries. Her focus appears to be on the need to support the industry and the state during the unstable economic climate, and in turn create more jobs for US citizens.

As a fourth generation family member in energy supply, her passion and drive were a mere catalyst at the summit for Oil & Gas visionaries including John de Lange, Head of Well Engineering at BG Group; John t'Hart, VP of Exploration at Talisman Energy; Juan Uribe, Manager Global Operations Upstream at Repsol; and Jay Still, EVP Domestic Operations at Pioneer Natural Resources. This esteemed group discussed new ways to deliver energy across America with technology leaders from CSC, Dupont, Landmark, Deep Down and MDA Geospatial.


Influential thinkers like Commissioner Elizabeth Jones are now stepping up to the challenge, and willing to take on the responsibility of America's energy supply by discussing political and economical ideas with other thought leaders. Platforms like the Colorado summit need to become available to the industry¹s figureheads for discussions to occur more frequently.


It is not very often that leaders of this calibre in the Oil & Gas industry can gather in one place. It is even more rare that a state can be held up as an example for the rest of America as Jones has done with Texas.


The question is ­ will the US utilise these innovative ideas effectively in order to create a self-sufficient domestic energy supply, or will one of the richest economies in the world ultimately have to depend on smaller, less developed regions in order to survive?


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John Funnell has worked in online media for over ten years, after achieving his First Class BSC Hons Degree (BBC Sponsored), John won Bos 18-21 Princess Trust Entrepeneur of the year at 21, setting up Clean Living Records Ltd (including www.BeatReview.com) with great success having many acts that charted in Europe and Canada. After selling the business John looked for a new challenge and joined GDS International, having a successful career in sales and Delegate acquisition, he worked up to Event Director EMEA, forging contacts with some of the biggest technology names in the world, this lead to John having a lead role in the creation of MeettheBoss.com and MeettheBoss.tv – the worlds largest business IPTV channel. John then took over as Marketing and Communications Director and ran a multifaceted global Marketing team for GDS International in New York, Sydney, Kuala Lumper and the UK.. John joined Global in 2011 with the challenge of supporting its growth by developing a solid Marketing foundation through various Digital, PR and brand initiatives.