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Audience Weighs Issues Ranging from Energy Independence to Immigration Reform

HOUSTON – An informal survey conducted during last month’s “America’s Energy Future: Houston’s Presidential Summit” yielded interesting insights into the views of the influential audience, which predominantly consisted of energy executives. Between thought-provoking panels and presentations by representatives from the world of energy and conservation, the Greater Houston Partnership invited audience members to weigh in on issues ranging from increased taxes to the future of the energy industry. The results of the survey are available at

Attendees cast their votes on issues affecting the Houston region during an informal, entertaining poll leading up to U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton’s concluding address on the future of energy. Hundreds of audience members participated in an automated Audience Response System poll on questions like the country’s energy independence, gas prices and the Iraq war, mass transit and immigration reform.

More than 1,000 business leaders and residents attended the energy summit, which featured substantive dialogue on traditional and alternative energy sources. The event drew coverage from more than 170 journalists from across the globe, resulting in related stories reaching an audience of more than 200 million.

Featured speakers included Mayor Bill White; former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Robert A. Mosbacher, Sr.; Sierra Club Executive Director Carl Pope; and energy company presidents – John Hofmeister of Shell Oil Co.; Clarence Cazalot of Marathon Oil; Jim Hackett of Anadarko Petroleum; Aubrey McClendon of Chesapeake Energy; and John Richels of Devon Energy Corp. They tackled issues such as supply side choices, conservation and the environment, global hydrocarbons and renewable energy.

The Partnership, through its membership, represents the 10-county Houston region’s business interests to promote the growth of high-paying jobs, international trade and capital investment.The organization’s 10-year Strategic Plan aims to help grow jobs by 600,000; increase capital investment by $60 billion; and expand foreign trade by $120 billion in the Houston region by the end of 2015.

Visit for Summit presentations, poll results and more information on the Partnership.

The Greater Houston Partnership is the primary advocate of the Houston-area business community and is dedicated to building regional economic prosperity. It represents 10 counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, San Jacinto and Waller. With about 2,000 Member organizations, the Partnership represents approximately one fourth of the region’s work force. Visit the Greater Houston Partnership on the World Wide Web at

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