Atlantic City is Perfect Example of U.S. Energy Future

AEA: Atlantic City is Perfect Example of U.S. Energy Future

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the U.S. Department of the Interior preparesto hold its first regional hearing next week on the future of responsibleenergy exploration offshore, American Energy Alliance (AEA) Senior VicePresident for Policy DanielKish issued the following statement today reminding lawmakers that ourvast, domestic offshore energy resources hold the key to both our economicrecovery and energy future.

“In a way, it’s appropriate that Secretary Salazar would travel to NewJersey for a field hearing on the direction of America’s energy future.While there, he’ll find a state that produces virtually no coal, no oil, orno natural gas. He’ll find a state whose refiners are forced to take infeedstock from some of the most unstable, inhospitable regimes in the world.He’ll find a state that pays 25 percent more for its natural gas than thenational average – and 50 percent more for its electricity. And he’ll find astate where almost nine percent of the workforce is currently without ajob.

This is the America we can expect in the future if we continue to denyourselves access to the abundant, God-given energy resources readilyavailable us today. Unfortunately, it appears the secretary’s participationin these field hearings is nothing more than dilatory in nature – designedto run out the clock on responsible energy exploration before we even have achance to see what’s out there.

“In New Jersey alone, lifting the de facto moratoria on new energydevelopment would create over $3 billion in additional state economic outputand more than 12,000 good-paying jobs. It’s our hope that the secretaryenjoys his visit to the Garden State, and leaves there with a betterappreciation of how his Department can help, instead of hinder, America’seconomic recovery efforts.

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The American Energy Alliance (AEA) is a not-for-profitorganization that engages in public policy advocacy and debate surroundingthe function, operation, and government regulation of global energymarkets.  AEA, an independent affiliate of the Institutefor Energy Research, works to educate and mobilize citizens around the ideathat freely-functioning energy markets provide the most efficient andeffective solutions to today’s global energy and environmentalchallenges.


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