Louisiana Helps Itself, Entire Nation as an Energy Team Player

Tuesday, April 7, 2009 Laura Henderson (202) 621-2951

Louisiana Helps Itself, Entire Nation as an Energy Team Player

It’s Time for Other Coastal States to Take Note and Get off the Bench

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the U.S. Department of the Interior prepares to hold its second of four regional hearings tomorrow to discuss the future of outer continental shelf (OCS) energy resources, American Energy Alliance (AEA) Senior Vice President for Policy Daniel Kish today released the following statement to urge lawmakers to permanently lift the remaining moratoria on OCS oil and gas off the Gulf Coast:

“Louisiana is one of the few states in this nation that willingly steps up to help pull the energy wagon the rest of the country rides in—a free ride others have taken for far too long.  It’s time for other energy-rich states to drop their opposition to energy production in their deep waters.  Louisiana and other energy-producing states have carried the entire nation’s energy burden for too long—it’s time for other coastal states to pull their weight.

“Those states might learn something from Louisiana’s experience about increased the economic investment and well-paying jobs that come in tandem with energy production.

“Additionally, if, as Interior Secretary Salazar has stated, foreign oil imports are a threat to our national security, those selfish, non-producing states are threatening our national security with their head in the beach sand approach to modern energy production.”

Note: Click here for more information about states’ energy production and consumption and here for AEA’s study on the economic advantages to offshore exploration.

The American Energy Alliance (AEA) is a not-for-profit organization that engages in public policy advocacy and debate surrounding the function, operation, and government regulation of global energy markets.  AEA, an independent affiliate of the Institute for Energy Research, works to educate and mobilize citizens around the idea that freely-functioning energy markets provide the most efficient and effective solutions to today’s global energy and environmental challenges.


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