Posted February 1, 2010
Today, the president submitted his FY 2011 budget to Congress which includes provisions aimed at imposing new taxes on the oil and natural gas industry.
With America still recovering from recession and one in ten Americans out of work, now is not the time to impose new taxes on the nation's oil and natural gas industry.
New taxes would mean fewer American jobs and less revenue at a time when we desperately need both. A robust U.S. oil and gas industry is essential to the recovery of the nation's economy.
In addition to providing the cost-competitive energy that it is the lifeblood of the economy, the industry is one of the largest employers in the country, supporting more than 9 million jobs, including many green jobs. Imposing new taxes would reduce our nation's energy security by discouraging new investment in domestic oil and natural gas production and refining capacity and pushing those investments-and American jobs-abroad.
We hope to work with the administration and Congress to seek sound public policies that will allow the oil and gas industry to create new jobs and help fuel an economic recovery that will benefit all Americans.
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.