Energy & Environment

Fueling jobs

When we stop and think about it, it’s obvious how critical energy is to our daily lives. But, because energy is supplied reliably 24 hours a day with little or no disruption, we sometimes take it for granted.

But for millions of hard-working Americans, energy is just as important to their livelihoods – and they certainly don’t take it for granted. According to a study by PricewaterhouseCoopers, the oil and natural gas industry supports more than 9.2 million jobs in the United States, accounting for 5.2 percent of total U.S. employment.
Those employed directly with the oil and natural gas industry – the geoscientists, engineers, drillers, refinery workers and others – are a part of that figure, but the size and complexity of the work they do supports many more jobs.


We must protect the sanctity of human life (Rep. Sue Myrick)

As Republicans prepare to assume the majority in the House of Representatives, we are determined to repeal and replace the new health care law with a reform package that empowers consumers, improves access to quality care and protects the sanctity of human life. As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, I am ready to take up this challenge under the leadership of Congressman Fred Upton.


No Frankenfish for Europe

The cultivation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the European Union (EU) continues to be a subject of controversy and confusion. Despite the urgency to find a long lasting solution and put an end to the decade-long stalemate, three recent developments have, in fact, added to the already existing uncertainty and have been the cause of further chaos.


The U.S. can escape the climate change 'prisoners' dilemma'

Much is at stake when representatives of the United States, China and other economic powerhouses meet in Washington November 17-18. The Major Economies Forum provides them with an off-the-record opportunity to exchange ideas that could help each other act to reduce the pace and severity of climate change.


Washington dragging its feet on gas production is a drag on job creation

At a time when every nation in the industrial world is scrambling to create jobs, the United States government should send a clear signal that it intends to make our nation’s affordable energy available to spur economic growth.

For our national security, for growth in clean energy, and for our economy, it is imperative that policymakers end their lukewarm flirtation with natural gas, and get off the fence. With more than a 100-year supply of gas from U.S. shale formations, this newly accessible resource is a game changer and it’s time our leaders seized this opportunity.


Dreaming the impossible ozone dream

The Environmental Protection Agency is on a quixotic quest, pursuing dreams that could turn into a national nightmare.

In the latest example of this, millions of Americans could lose their jobs and the U.S. economy could be crippled by trillions (yes, trillions) of dollars in mandated compliance costs in the decades ahead if extreme and unrealistic anti-smog regulations proposed by EPA take effect in January.


EPA regulatory lunge could result in 2011 economic plunge

When we ring in the New Year in just two short months, next week’s elections will be in our collective rearview mirror. However -- regardless of what occurs on Nov. 2 -- the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) campaign to impose its new round of economy-wide environmental regulations will continue in 2011. That should worry every American, because EPA’s wish list will hit consumers and business where it hurts: their pocketbooks.


New reports reinforce need to expand biofuel production

Given the latest news from two government reports, we need to start changing the “drill baby drill” chant to “distill baby distill.” One study, from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory recently concluded in a soon-to-be-published paper, that indirect land use change (ILUC) resulting from expanded corn ethanol production over the past decade has likely been “minimal to zero.” A second study by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) revised downward by 90 percent oil reserves in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska from a 2002 estimate of 10.6 billion barrels to slightly under 900 million barrels today.


A fresh look at agriculture in the 112th Congress

There’s no question that the 112th Congress will bring new faces and changes to Washington. A few may be familiar with farm policy, but like the public-at-large, most of them won’t. Even the agriculture committees that will write the next farm bill won’t be immune to these changes. As with any new Congress, the American Farm Bureau Federation is looking forward to working with new members to help them better understand one of the nation’s most vital industries.