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Friday, September 9, 2011

API: Obama's Jobs Plan a 'Missed Opportunity'

- API: Obama's Jobs Plan a 'Missed Opportunity'

Friday, September 09, 2011
American Petroleum Institute

API President and CEO Jack Gerard called the president's jobs plan a 'missed opportunity' and said the oil and natural gas industry could create more than a million new jobs for Americans and more revenue for our government with a few sensible changes in national energy policy.

"The president missed an opportunity to pick the low hanging fruit of job creation," said Gerard. "Allowing the responsible development of more of America's vast domestic oil and natural gas resources could generate more than one million new jobs in just seven years, with thousands of shovel-ready jobs that could be created almost immediately."

Gerard cited a study released this week by Wood Mackenzie (PDF file), sponsored by API, that shows the oil and natural gas industry can create 1.4 million additional jobs and more than $800 billion in additional government revenue by 2030.

"Raising taxes on an industry that already contributes more than $86 million every day to the federal government takes us in the wrong direction," Gerard said. "It could put American jobs at risk, decrease oil and natural gas production, harm millions of retirees who rely on income from energy companies, and actually reduce revenue to the government over time."

The oil and natural gas industry actually created jobs in August, a month when there were zero net jobs created in the overall economy, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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