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American Energy is Rising to Meet Demand

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted October 2, 2014

A Vote for Energy is a Vote for America

Real Clear Energy (David Holt, CEA): When Americans hit the polls in a few weeks, job growth and the overall economy will be the most important issue in deciding whom they vote for Congress, a recent CBS News/New York Times polls says.

A CNN/ORC poll echoed similar sentiments, as did a Bloomberg national poll, NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, and Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll. Trepidations about the economy, these polls show, are shared by all Americans – Democrats, Republicans, Independents, blue states, red states. We all have these worries.

But what often flies under the radar is the significant role energy production plays in our economic prosperity - and how politics and policy influence our energy outlook. The energy sector has been an impressive catalyst for job creation and sustainable growth for a number of years now, helping to power the economic recovery by producing jobs and lowering unemployment. The industry employs millions directly – and many more indirectly – touching the lives of every single American in countless ways every single day. Energy also brings in much-needed revenue for all levels of government, which helps stabilize taxes. Most importantly, dramatic increases in the production of American energy have lowered heating and cooling costs for homeowners and businesses and lowered and stabilized gasoline and diesel prices for our nation’s truckers, airlines and drivers. With families spending less each month to fill their gas tank and pay their utility bills, Americans have increased disposable income to go on vacation, complete a home project and pursue other needs - all of which help further our economic recovery.

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Mary Schaper is a Digital Communications Manager for the American Petroleum Institute. She previously worked on Capitol Hill for the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee as Digital Director and for Senator Lisa Murkowski. Before coming to D.C., she spearheaded digital strategy for Murkowski's successful Senate write-in campaign in 2010. Schaper enjoys traveling and taking in the local culture alongside her husband, their son and loyal springer spaniel.