Posted March 3, 2011
The American oil and natural gas industry is one of the few sectors that have remained healthy throughout most of the recent recession. We can help create the jobs Americans need and supply domestically the energy Americans use -- all while helping address federal deficits. In short, we can help policy makers achieve their stated goals and objectives. But the only way we can do this is if our government sets aside antiquated assumptions and disproven myths. And if they are open to the reality that America's oil and natural gas companies can be a significant part of the answer.
They are what fuel America's economy - today.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jack N. Gerard is president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute (API), the national trade association that represents all aspects of America’s oil and natural gas industry. He also has served as the president and CEO of trade associations representing the chemical and mining industries. Jack understands how Washington works. He spent several years working in the U.S. Senate and House, and co-founded a Washington-based government relations consulting firm. A native of Idaho, Jack also is very active in the Boy Scouts of America, a university graduate program on politics, and his church’s leadership. He and his wife are the proud parents of eight children, including twin boys adopted from Guatemala.