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Anti-Oil Bias Continued...

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted July 6, 2009

In a post last month, I talked about columnist Robert Samuelson's view on an Obama administration anti-oil bias. And in a recent Las Vegas Review-Journal op-ed, it seems that former Oklahoma Congressman J.C. Watts shares a similar perspective.

In the op-ed, Watts specifically discusses the Obama administration's proposed taxes on the oil and natural gas industry and policy of delay when it comes to accessing domestic resources. He says:

"Over the past six months, we have seen the president and his allies in Congress move forward with any number of energy-related policy proposals that would hurt Americans. The aforementioned tax changes are only the beginning. The secretary of energy has canceled lease sales, pushed back deadlines and even canceled research and development efforts on the Green River Formation, which could contain six times more oil than Saudi Arabia."

For more information, read the full op-ed.


Jane Van Ryan was formerly senior communications manager and new media advisor at the American Petroleum Institute (API), where she wrote blog posts and produced podcasts and videos. Before coming to API, Jane managed communications for a large science and engineering corporation, and for a top-tier research and engineering university. A few years ago, you might have seen her in your living room when she delivered the news on television. Jane officially retired from API in 2011 and now freelances as an independent communications consultant when not gardening at her farm in Virginia.