The People of America's Oil and Natural Gas Indusry

VIDEO: Oil and Natural Gas Fast Facts

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 28, 2010

When you think about it, all of us in some way are connected to the oil and natural gas industry, and its impact on the U.S. economy is massive.

Did you know that the oil and natural gas industry supports 7.5 percent of U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP)? From the 9.2 million Americans whose jobs are supported by the industry, to the millions more who are invested in oil companies through IRAs, mutual funds and pension funds, American families, business and the U.S. economy have a stake in the success of the oil and natural gas industry.

Watch this video for some oil and natural gas industry fast facts and see just how interconnected the U.S. economy and oil and natural gas industry really are.

Yet despite all of this, there are some in Congress who are calling to increase taxes on the industry even though the industry pays an effective tax rate of 48.4 percent--almost double other S&P Industrials. As we recover from a significant economic recession, higher taxes on an industry poised to be a part of the solution would have a devastating effect on our economy.

Tell us what you think. In what way are you connected to the oil and natural gas industry? What industry facts that you've heard have surprised you?

Additional information can be found below in the Industry Fast Facts guide:


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.