The People of America's Oil and Natural Gas Indusry

Waxman Markey: Higher Costs, Fewer Jobs, Short on Environmental Benefits

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted June 23, 2009

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives will take up the Waxman-Markey bill aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. While the oil and natural gas industry endorses the bill's goal of protecting the environment, this bill should be rejected. Simply stated, the Waxman-Markey climate change legislation will cost Americans billions of dollars, kill jobs and will not deliver the environmental benefits promised.

In anticipation of the upcoming House vote, I sent a letter to Congress urging the members to set the bill aside and take the time necessary to get this legislation right.

API and its member companies are committed to working with Congress to produce climate change legislation, but not at the expense of the American consumer and the economy.

For more, read the full letter to Congress.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mark Green joined API after a career in newspaper journalism, including 16 years as national editorial writer for The Oklahoman in the paper’s Washington bureau. Mark also was a reporter, copy editor and sports editor. He earned his journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma and master’s in journalism and public affairs from American University. He and his wife Pamela live in Occoquan, Va., where they enjoy their four grandchildren.