Posted December 21, 2010
Among the urgent responsibilities awaiting Congress in 2011 is crafting balanced policies that ensure economic growth and job creation. Having sensible energy policies in place is critical to both efforts, but we must start the energy conversation right away. Therefore, on January 4, I will kick-start that discussion during an event at Washington, D.C.'s Newseum.
At the event, I'll unveil a comprehensive new report, The State of American Energy, that provides policy recommendations and an economic analysis to help guide America's future energy policy. I'll also talk about ways the U.S. oil and natural gas industry can help provide a path forward to economic growth, job creation and energy security for our future.
After a year unlike any other in our business, one that saw us face the unprecedented challenge of the Gulf spill with an unprecedented industry response, I'm proud to say that our industry is doing its share--and more--to help fuel the economic recovery this country needs.
Our industry supports $1 trillion in annual economic contributions and 9.2 million American jobs. With the right policies in place, we are poised to provide even more--more jobs, more government revenue and more of the energy we need to meet demand. I look forward to the coming conversation on our energy and economic priorities.
All Americans have a stake in setting a strong energy agenda for our country, and you are invited to watch the speech live on EnergyTomorrow.org via webcast. I'll be in touch on January 4 to remind you to tune into The State of American Energy.
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.