Energy Leaders at Creativity World Forum:
Innovation, Energy Help U.S.
George Kaiser, Boone Pickens, John Richels, and Tom Ward Talk Innovation in Oil and Natural Gas
November 17, 2010 02:03 PM Eastern Time
OKLAHOMA CITY--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Four prominent leaders of the energy industry came
together at the Creativity World Forum, finding some consensus on where America’s oil and gas policy should go.
On stage at the Forum, which began Tuesday at the Cox Convention Center, were George Kaiser of GBK
Corporation; Boone Pickens of BP Capital; Tom Ward of Sandridge Energy and John Richels of Devon Energy.
The group said a discussion of the oil and natural gas industry was not out of place at a creativity forum considering
the innovation which has led the United States to be positioned as a leader in energy production.
“We are usually not viewed as a high-tech industry,” said John Richels, president of Devon. “In fact, we are one of
the most high-tech industries you will find, one that has been epitomized by innovative thought and creativity.”
The breakthrough of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling has gotten the country into a position in which it can
leave behind its dependence on foreign energy sources in the future, according to Pickens. Pickens has put forth a
plan which is working its way through Congress to get more vehicles off oil and petroleum fuels and onto gas.
“This is one place where (former Speaker of the House Nancy) Pelosi and (Republican congressional leader) John
Boehner can agree,” Kaiser said. “We have universal support for natural gas. We have support from some because
it is gives us energy independence and others it is because it is a cleaner fuel.”
"America has a bright future because of natural gas production," said Ward, "which benefits many across Oklahoma
and the country."
“One of the things that bodes well in our favor is we have great infrastructure in the U.S. that you don’t see in other
countries,” Ward said. “The greatest thing is that the consumer service companies and royalty owners are all
About Creativity World Forum
Creativity World Forum is the seventh annual conference on creativity and innovation that brings together
entrepreneurs, knowledge workers, and policy makers from around the globe. Participants will share best practices,
learn about proven programs that successfully encourage, promote and enhance creativity in Commerce, Culture and
The Forum will consist of pre- and post- conference tours, international meetings, a two-day conference, a Creative
Convergence Showcase, an evening dinner featuring entertainment provided by Oklahoma talent and a Creativity
About Creative Oklahoma, Inc.
Formed in 2006, Creative Oklahoma (CO) is a statewide non-profit organization that promotes and catalyzes
creative idea generation in individuals and institutions. The goal is to transform the state of Oklahoma through
initiatives which lead to a more entrepreneurial and vibrant economy along with a better quality of life for its citizens.
Through this organization, Oklahoma has become a "District of Creativity,” which is an international network of
delegates. It consists of 12 regions of the world that have been working together in the field of creative innovation
policies since 2004. Oklahoma City was selected to host the Districts of Creativity’s annual Creativity World Forum
at the Cox Convention Center on November 16 & 17. For more information, visit www.stateofcreativity.com.
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