AEA Shows Congress Bigger (Offshore) Picture

Offshore energyprojects can jumpstart U.S. economy by creating thousands of jobs

WASHINGTON – This morning, the nonprofitAmerican Energy Alliance(AEA) placed a full-page advertisement in the Capitol Hill newspaper RollCall, squarely targeting lawmakers opposed to expanding offshore energyproduction. The ad, featuringfour identical pictures of a clear ocean horizon as seen from the shore­­,shows that beautiful beachesand prosperous offshore energy projects—even those as close as 12 miles from shore – can successfully coexist. More thanthat, the immense benefits of any action by Congress to expedite responsibleoil and natural gas exploration in previously-restricted areas off our coastswould include:

  • Reducing reliance on foreign oil from unstableregimes;
  • Generating new revenue streams for federal andstate governments—recentestimates project an additional $2.6 trillion in federal revenues;
  • Making U.S. energy more affordable; and
  • Creating thousands of well-paying jobs forAmerican workers.

“Asthe American economy shifts its view toward finding ways to create new jobs,generate new revenue, and cultivate new affordable energy supplies,today’s ad from AEA makes plain that every one of those things can befound by looking offshore,” announced AEApresident Thomas J. Pyle. “In fact, the only thing you won’tfind out offshore is any sign or sight of a well, rig or platform.  And asthis ad clearly demonstrates, that view doesn’t change even in exploringfor American energy as close as 12 miles from the coastline.”

“Whileabout 70 percent of Americans — and almost 50 percent of Obama supporters –spent the past year asking candidates to allow domestic oil and gas drilling inareas formerly deemed ‘off limits’, the fight for access to thesenatural resources is not yet over,”Plye continued. “Unfortunately, there’s growing evidence thatrestricting OCS access will be one of first priorities of the 111th Congress.”

“Fromwhere most Americans stand on offshore drilling, the view is great: newrevenues, better jobs, a stronger economy and a more secure energy future. Andafter seeing AEA’s ad, hopefully Congress will get the picturetoo.”

Torequest a copy of the new ad or to schedule an interview with an AEA expert,please contact our media department at [email protected] or(703) 516-2173

View the ad by clicking here.

The AmericanEnergy Alliance (AEA) is a recently formed not-for-profit 501(c)(4)organization that advocates for free-market energy and environmentalpolicies.  It is affiliated with the Institutefor Energy Research (IER), another not-for-profit – founded in 1989– that conducts intensive research and analysis on the functions,operations, and government regulation of global energy markets.  Both AEAand IER maintain that freely-functioning energy markets provide the mostefficient and effective solutions to today’s global energy and environmentalchallenges and, as such, are critical to the well-being of individuals andsociety.



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