Oct. 8, 2020


ABSTRACT of Presentation


U.S. Representative Dan Crenshaw of Texas's 2nd Congressional District will be speaking about important issues affecting Houston's Energy industry.

Global Energy demand is expected to rise by 25-30% over the next two decades, and Houston, as the energy capital of the world, is well poised to meet that demand. However, calls to dismantle the fossil fuel industry ignore the innovation that the petrochemical complex continues to drive, providing low-cost energy and materials to the whole world. We’re at a tipping point –as both Wall St and Capitol Hill stand downstream of a culture that has gotten more antagonistic towards the American energy industry.

 The choice between clean energy and fossil fuels is not a binary one. Following the successes of the fracking revolution, innovation in the oil and gas industry can continue to provide cheap and clean energy to the United States and the rest of the world – reducing our emissions further than models based on heavy-handed regulations ever predicted.  Clean, cheap, American energy hinges on our scientists, our engineers, and institutions finding solutions to more efficient exploration, production, and transportation of hydrocarbons, as well as carbon capture, utilization, and storage.

If America doesn’t act, the same growing global demand will be filled by foreign competitors, like Russia with their lackluster standards across their whole energy industry. Even worse, if the current anti-fossil fuel ideology continues, vulnerable communities in America and abroad could see price hikes in goods, fuel, and power that will hamper prosperity and development. This is why American energy independence and innovation is needed more than ever before.







Registration & Walk-ins 

All attendees are encouraged to register and pay online for this event.  This is a more efficient means of registering for the event and enables the registration process at the meeting to move much faster.  Walk-in space is available on a seat-limited basis at a fee more than the on-line registration fee.



To secure the health and safety of all attendees, SPE-GCS will apply the following new Covid-19 safety protocol guidelines: 

  1. Check in process (mandatory):
    1. Temperature check will be conducted (cannot be higher than F)
    2. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available on site
    3. Complete health questionnaire
    4. Attendees who are sick will not be permitted to enter the event. This is without exception.
  2. All attendees are required to complete the On-line Questionnaire by using the QR Code and showing it to the SPE-GCS staff at the check in.
  3. Attendance will be limited by COVID-19 protocol to 78 attendees.
  4. Face masks will be required during the event. One will be provided for you if you forget yours.
  5. Food and beverage servers will wear masks and gloves.
  6. The event area will be sanitized and supplied with hand sanitizer, antibacterial wipes, and personal tissues.
  7. All participants will practice the 6 feet social distancing in ALL common areas.
  8. Tables will be set for a maximum of 6 attendees each.
  9. Please stay home and participate via the webinar option if you are not feeling well or if you are in a high-risk group.
  10. Contingencies: entrance will be prohibited should a person refuse to comply with any of the steps described above. • A SPE-GCS representative will ask the venue staff to provide support on escorting the person outside the venue.

Only 4 persons in an elevator - so allow time for elevator ride to club.


Parking for this event
The TOTAL Plaza building (1201 Louisiana Street across from the Houston Hyatt Regency Hotel) is connected to the downtown Houston tunnel system.  Using the tunnel system, those working downtown can walk to our meeting in air-conditioned comfort.
If you will drive to this meeting, the following summarizes available parking:
The image above shows how to access the club parking area at the new location of the Petroleum Club. Enter from Milam Street and exit onto Louisiana Street.  Parking fee paid at central meter outside building entrance via credit card.  
Surface parking lots are available to the south of the TOTAL Plaza building (between this building and the former EXXON Building), including one surface lot adjacent to the TOTAL Plaza Building - pay at meter (cost ~ $9).  Other surface lots in the area cost $8 - $9 and they frequently are full by mid-morning.
Parking is also available in the Hyatt Regency Hotel parking garage across the street.  Prices vary depending on time in the garage.  Cost for 2 hours of parking is $12.  

Featured Speakers

Speaker: U.S. Representative Dan Crenshaw, 2nd Texas Congressional District
Speaker U.S. Representative Dan Crenshaw, 2nd Texas Congressional District

Originally from the Houston area, Rep. Dan Crenshaw is a proud 6th generation Texan. His father’s career in the Texas oil and gas industry moved his family all over the world, including Ecuador and Colombia, where he attended high school. As a result, Dan is fluent in Spanish.  In 2006, Dan …

Originally from the Houston area, Rep. Dan Crenshaw is a proud 6th generation Texan. His father’s career in the Texas oil and gas industry moved his family all over the world, including Ecuador and Colombia, where he attended high school. As a result, Dan is fluent in Spanish.  In 2006, Dan graduated from Tufts University, where he earned his Naval officer commission through Navy ROTC. Following graduation, he immediately reported to SEAL training in Coronado, CA, where he met his future wife, Tara.


On Dan’s third deployment in Iraq in 2012, his life changed forever. After six months of combat operations, he was hit by an IED blast during a mission in Helmand province, Afghanistan. His right eye had been destroyed in the blast and his left eye was badly damaged. Dan was completely blind and the doctors did not believe he would ever see again. After several difficult surgeries and months of fighting a tough diagnosis, Dan eventually regained sight in his left eye. Dan refused to quit and went on to deploy twice more, first back to the Middle East in 2014 and then South Korea in 2016.


Dan was medically retired in September of 2016 as a Lieutenant Commander after serving ten years in the SEAL Teams. He left service with many decorations.  Soon after, Dan completed his Master’s in Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.


Dan then returned to Houston, where his community was hit by Hurricane Harvey. He spent his time volunteering in areas of Katy, helping his neighbors recover from the damage. He saw first-hand the unthinkable losses that Texas suffered, but he also saw Texan grit and resilience. This inspired him to do more for his community.  Dan and Tara decided that the best way to serve the people of Texas would be in elected office.


In November 2018, Dan was elected to represent the people of Texas’s Second Congressional District. In Congress, he was appointed to the Homeland Security Committee and the Budget Committee. He was also named Ranking Member of the Oversight, Management, and Accountability Subcommittee of the Homeland Security Committee. Through his work on these committees he is focused on border security, disaster relief funding, port security, cutting frivolous spending and implementing fiscally responsible policies.


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Barry Faulkner

Email: barryf1944@gmail.com 

Phone: (281) 627-8790

Date and Time

Thu, Oct. 8, 2020

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
(GMT-0600) US/Central

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Petroleum Club

TOTAL Plaza, 1201 Louisiana St, 35th Floor
Houston, Texas 77002

Group(s): General Meeting