Posted August 30, 2012
I'm here in Tampa because we have a tremendous opportunity to make America stronger by developing more of our own energy. Our Vote4Energy campaign is about getting voters and candidates to have that conversation. What path do we want to take to our energy future? The United States is been described as the next Middle East. We have vast oil and natural gas reserves that if developed could spur millions of new jobs and billions in additional government revenue while also reducing imports. As the nation grows and the economy recovers we'll need this oil and natural gas even as renewable energy expands. The question we want people at both conventions to be addressing is this. How can we ensure our nation will have the energy it needs to build a future of security and prosperity?
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.