Sullivan, Murkowski are speakers at CERA energy conference in Houston; so is John Podesta, Tommy Beaudreau


Alaska Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan are featured speakers at CERAWeek in Houston, the world’s largest gathering of energy industry leaders. Rep. Mary Peltola is not listed among the speakers at the prestigious conference

The conference features top energy experts, oil company CEOs, and political leaders in positions to influence policy. A record-setting 7,000 people are expected to attend the conference, which is chaired by Daniel Yergin, an author, speaker, energy expert, and economic historian, who is vice chairman of S&P Global and Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA). The conference focuses on global energy markets, geopolitics, and technology.

CERAWeek has has been described by Politico as the the oil industry’s Super Bowl. CNBC calls it “the world’s preeminent energy conference.”

Among the speakers on Monday is President Joe Biden’s clean energy senior adviser John Podesta, who is considered hostile to Alaska’s oil and gas industry and who is the keynote luncheon speaker.

Sen. Sullivan will speak in the afternoon, at 12:55 pm Alaska time (3:55 pm in Houston). He will be speaking on the same theme as Podesta, but from probably from a different perspective: “Geopolitics and Geoeconomics: An era of volatility.”

Sullivan’s time on stage will be followed by John Kerry, who is Biden’s Special Presidential Envoy on Climate. Kerry’s family recently sold their stake in a private jet after coming under criticism for hypocrisy.

Sen. Murkowski will be featured on Friday on stage along with Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia. By the time Murkowski takes the stage, the Biden Administration is expected to have issued a final decision on the permits for the Willow Project by ConocoPhillips in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.

Few members of the Biden Administration will be speaking at the conference, but among them are Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, and Deputy Secretary of the Interior Tommy Beaudreau. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland will not be appearing and Podesta is the only member of the White House team that will be speaking.

Because of the timing of speakers from the White House, the decision on the ConocoPhillips permits for the Willow Project are not expected until those White House insiders are long gone from Houston.

The livestream of the CERAWeek conference can be found at this link.

The agenda and other materials, such as speaker bios, are at this link.

The CERAWeek 2023 conference program will explore these key themes

  • The Energy Trilemma: Balancing security, transition and affordability 
  • Geopolitics and Geoeconomics: An era of volatility 
  • Competitive Landscape, Technology and Innovation 
  • Financing the Energy Future: The capital transition 
  • Supply Chains, Commodity Markets and Energy Transition 
  • Future Workforce: Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and next-generation skills 


  1. Seems like a waste of everybody’s time. I just heard the king “Moses Biden” say last week He and his puppet master Barak will be leading the cavalry of Green Energy Czars parading through Texas in his “green” Corvette leading a fleet of electric ice cream trucks. Free ice cream for all who follow!

  2. Mary is a real piece of work she allies herself with the far left and her own party stabs her in the back. Time to get a spine and give the democrap part the kiss off the hell with her

  3. Again⏰?you must realize we are economic slaves and term limits is the only way to start a turn around in this world we live in ✍?

    • Term limits for democrats would be great. We have some really stellar republicans that it would be good to keep around though. As long as they stay productive they can stay.

  4. Future Workforce: Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and next-generation skills


  5. I called Sullivan about the balloon and i guess he didnt have time but can travel and talk about energy remember he voted to confirm Deb Haarland.

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