Congressman David McKinley (R, WV) issued a statement after the White House announced plans to release 30 million barrels of oil from the strategic petroleum reserves.
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-Jim Rich, Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce
Beaumont, TX | 09.21.10
In that statement, McKinley said "it's beyond comprehension" that the administration will release 30 million barrels of oil from our emergency supply while continuing to oppose all efforts by congress to move towards energy independence. McKinley said, "The United States is suffering from a lack of vision on energy policy. Oil, gas, and coal are under attack from this administration. The president refuses to address the energy crisis we have in America and instead is ignoring the facts and tapping into our emergency supply." -Congressman David McKinley (R, WV)
Washington | 06.23.11
“I was impressed by the message and the openness of the organization,” he says. “Most AESC members are servicing companies that provide goods, services and personnel to the oil and gas producers. It would be beneficial for everyone to support this group, which is striving to work with those who may not fully understand the efforts we put in, day in and day out, to provide jobs for our communities.”
Alvin, Texas | 06.11
Mr. Speaker, gasoline is close to $4 a gallon. Meanwhile, the Administration seems to have a deliberate crusade against the United States energy industry and domestic energy independence. Even before Steven Chu became Energy Secretary he said, "Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels of Europe." The plan is working. The Administration is stonewalling the safe development of a Canadian Pipeline to my district in Southeast Texas that will send crude and jobs to American Refineries. The Administration is using the out of control EPA to implement questionable scientific regulations that hammer domestic energy capability. This includes the expensive regulations of CO2 and the EPA attempt to defy the will of Congress by implanting Cap and Trade regulations. The offshore drilling moratorium by the Administration is nonsense. A court ordered the moratorium lifted. Now the court has held the Administration in contempt for not in fact lifting the moratorium. Each of these is evidence that the Administration is at war with domestic energy and the will of the American people. Meanwhile, gasoline prices are reaching the level of European prices. And that's just the way it is.
-Hon. Ted Poe
In the House of Representatives | 03.09.11
Drilling in our own waters and in Alaska would do more than increase federal government revenues. Drilling would create hundreds of thousands of jobs, produce billions of dollars in desperately needed state and local tax revenues, support suffering US industries with low energy costs, keep prices down at the pumps (that's more money in your pocket), strengthens the economy, weakens our country's enemies and much more. Drilling will also increase energy stock values that are owned by American trade unions, private citizens, city and state pension plans, teachers unions, private retirement funds, etc., etc., etc. If we really want health care, we could pay for it with the taxes from US oil. If we want to reduce the debt then we could pay it down with the taxes from US oil. If we really want to reduce unemployment then we could create jobs with US oil.
I've been associated with one of the many facets of the oil and gas industry as a wholesale petroleum marketer for most of my adult life. Like many of you, my livelihood and my family's security is directly linked to the health of the area's oil and gas and related industry. If the local refineries and plants are operating or investing and upgrading their facilities, then people are working. If people are working, then they are driving their cars and trucks. If they are driving, then they are buying gasoline and oil. If they are buying gasoline, then the service stations and convenience stores are buying gasoline from my company. If my company is distributing and selling products, then my 14 employees have jobs scheduling and delivering gasoline and diesel to those fueling stations, commercial businesses and contractors where many of you are employed. And if we have jobs, then we are spending money buying houses, or buying paint at Lowe's or a pie at Rao's, and paying taxes to support our schools, firefighters and policemen. We are all part of the oil and gas industry. There are not many degrees of separation between the production of oil and gas and you. It's reality, when you look at our quality of life, particularly in Southeast Texas. That's why I am supporting an effort by the Beaumont Chamber of Commerce to create awareness of challenges facing the oil and gas industry like taxation, overregulation and inconsistent energy policies
.-Eddie Bates, C&I Oil Company
Beaumont, TX | 01.05.11
Here’s what I do know: The petrochemical industry is under attack (see cap and trade). Maybe less so now, since the November elections, but under attack, nonetheless, by an anti-business administration, which has the regulatory authority (and ideological bias) to wreak havoc on it. It’s also under attack by a certain faction of the legal profession that will bring suit no matter how baseless it might be.
Texas City - La Marque | 12.08.10
From a personal standpoint, the Oil & Gas industry has provided for my family for 4 generations. My Great Grandfather, both of my grandfathers, my father and my brother have all worked in the refining industry. Combined, they have over 180 years of experience in this industry. Without the Oil & Gas industry, my family would not have had many of the opportunities that it has been blessed with.
From a professional standpoint, as an Economic Developer it is my responsibility to locate and attract companies to southeast Texas. It is fair to say that the vast majority of companies that I help locate here, are directly or indirectly tied to the Oil & Gas industry. Without this industry, the southeast Texas economy, would be but a shadow of what it is today.
-Karl Segura, Entergy-Texas
Beaumont, TX | 09.23.10