Gulf Residents Come to Washington to Tell Lawmakers ‘Energy Jobs Matter’
WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 /PRNewswire/ — Save U.S. Energy Jobs, a project of the American Energy Alliance, hosted today a press conference on Capitol Hill to remind policymakers that the domestic energy sector is critical to America’s economic health and energy security.
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Over 50 small business leaders from the Gulf Coast joined Sen. John Cornyn and Former Rep. John Peterson to explain first-hand the harm new tax policies currently being considered by Congress and the Obama administration’s recently-imposed moratorium on offshore drilling are causing families and businesses throughout the Gulf region.
Thomas Clements, owner of a Louisiana-based small business that services the oil and gas industry, told the crowd assembled, “I hope that the administration reevaluates the situation in the Gulf and the negative impact that the moratorium is having – and will continue to have – on hard-working Americans. The moratorium will not only hurt those directly employed by the energy industry such as me and my wife. It will impact the entire economy.”
According to Peterson, member of the American Energy Alliance’s board of directors, “The impacts of this disaster should not include cutting off access to our domestic energy resources, economic prosperity and national security benefits that our resources provide. Now more than ever, it is critical to continue creating much needed jobs, not enforcing rules and regulations that actually cut jobs that energy production provides hard-working Gulf residents.
“The decision to punish the entire energy because of one bad actor is ill-advised and careless,” Peterson continued. “A blanket moratorium on offshore exploration will result in significant job loss and a severe economic downturn. I hope that the administration realizes these negative effects and lifts the moratorium.”
To learn more about how proposed new taxes on U.S. jobs and the drilling moratorium are hurting America’s workers and jeopardizing the nation’s economy and energy security, please visit www.saveusenergyjobs.com.
Founded in May, 2008, the American Energy Alliance (AEA) is a not-for-profit organization that engages in grassroots public policy advocacy and debate concerning energy and environmental policies. AEA is the advocacy arm of the Institute for Energy Research (IER), a not-for-profit organization founded in 1989 that conducts intensive research and analysis on the functions, operations and government regulation of global energy markets.
Save U.S. Energy Jobs is a project of the American Energy Alliance (AEA) dedicated to promoting jobs, energy affordability and safety in the development of our offshore resources.
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