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Energy Policy - The Choice

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted May 17, 2011

Public policy making often is a muddled affair, but this month in Congress we're seeing something different: a clear, either/or choice when it comes to planning for our energy future. One path is increasing access to America's domestic resources so we can create jobs, raise government revenues and produce even more of the energy we use right here at home. The other path involves increasing taxes by removing standard business deductions - not just for a specific industry but for specific companies within that industry. Back in January energy consultant Wood Mackenzie took a look at this very scenario - and the choice is clear.choice.jpg

Over the past two weeks, the House of Representatives chose jobs, increased government revenues, and greater energy security. This week it's the Senate's turn to choose. Looks like a no-brainer.

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.