URGENT ACTION VIRGINIA: Oppose Anti-Energy Amendments


Categorized in: Infrastructure, Jobs, Virginia

Governor McAuliffe and anti-energy agitators are pushing burdensome new regulations in the state legislature that are meant to stop Virginia energy development. They would add new layers of red tape and regulation, resulting in economic harm, lost jobs, and even higher energy costs.

Because this issue is advancing fast, please email your Virginia Senator now.

We must oppose the loud voices of radical anti-energy activists who are pushing their agenda in Richmond. It’s critical that Virginia Energy Citizens stand up for local energy development.

We must oppose the loud voices of radical anti-energy activists who are pushing their agenda in Richmond. It’s critical that our industry workforce stand up for safe energy development here in Virginia.

Energy Infrastructure for Michigan Manufacturing


Categorized in: Infrastructure, Jobs, Michigan, Natural Gas

To grow our economy and maintain our quality of life, we need to ensure that energy supplies can reach us reliably and affordably well into the future. That’s why it’s critical that Michiganders recognize the need for current and expanded energy infrastructure.

Michigan’s Antrim Shale is the source of some of our oil and natural gas, but ultimately we must bring in most of our energy from other areas. We are an intensive user of energy, not only because of our cold winters, but also because of our strong manufacturing sector.

Every business needs power—and for some businesses, the price of energy can be the difference between success and failure. Auto, chemical, glass, and paper manufacturing—all strong industries in Michigan—use a lot of power. For these industries to continue thriving, they need dependable fuel supplies made possible by sufficient energy infrastructure.

In addition, chemical manufacturing depends on natural gas and petroleum products as building blocks. Without adequate energy infrastructure, we could see chemical companies looking at expansion opportunities—out of state.

The elections, as well as post-election discussions, have brought renewed focus on the need to invest in our nation’s infrastructure. This year, we’re likely to see increased federal support for building and improving roads, bridges, airports, and rail. Pipelines and other energy infrastructure should also be on the table.

Energy infrastructure investment will come from the private sector—so no taxpayer dollars will be needed. But for these projects to move forward, we need the support of local, state, and federal officials. The engaged voices of Michigan Energy Citizens can help make it happen.

Local Battle Loom in 2017


Categorized in: Colorado, Domestic Oil, Infrastructure, Jobs, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, National, New England, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, West Virginia, Wisconsin

Happy New Year! We’re excited about the opportunities in 2017 for Energy Citizens to support job creation, strengthen our nation’s security, and keep energy affordable.

All eyes are now on Washington, but the fact is that we must prepare for challenges across the states. As part of a larger effort to shut down American oil and natural gas, anti-energy activist plan to battle critical pipeline projects and pro-energy policies at the local level.

“The opposition is going to be much more local, much more focused.” — Anti-Energy Leader Jane Kleeb

But communicating to government alone will not win the day. We also need to reach out to members of our communities… to friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, and our social networks. It’s important that we talk about why energy is important to us and why we need policies and leadership that support American energy development.

As a first step in highlighting the importance of energy to our local communities, it would be great if you would share your story. How is American energy helping your family, community, and state? Share why you’re standing up for American energy.

As we move forward, we’ll be asking you to share your views—and your story—with others so that pro-energy voices can be part of policy discussions.

Pro-Energy Policies Good for Virginia


Categorized in: Domestic Oil, Infrastructure, Jobs, Natural Gas, Virginia

The American energy revolution has provided many benefits to our nation. Thanks to policies that encourage energy production, U.S. oil and gas development has surged over the past decade. The American Petroleum Institute CEO Jack Gerard explains in an op-ed for the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star how this has done a lot of good in the U.S. and around the world:

Increased production of U.S. oil and natural gas has added stability to world markets, exerting downward pressure on prices and reducing the influence of less-stable producing regions.

Heating and electricity costs are also down, providing breathing room in family budgets and giving a competitive edge to U.S. businesses, whose manufacturing costs are now 10 to 20 percent lower than those of many international competitors.

But we can’t just coast on our success. America’s status as a world energy superpower can either grow or wither based on specific policy choices.

As Gerard points out, for the energy revolution to continue, our nation needs to embrace policies that will further encourage oil and gas production. These include allowing oil and exploration off of Virginia’s coast, creating opportunities to build new pipelines and other energy infrastructure, reforming or ending the ethanol mandate, and not imposing burdensome new restrictions on hydraulic fracturing.

Pursuing these policies will ensure that American energy production remains strong for years to come. That’s good news for Virginians and everyone else in the United States.

STEM Education and the Future of Energy Jobs


Categorized in: Jobs, STEM, Texas

It’s no secret that the energy sector has hit a rough patch. In 2015, the industry lost an estimated 250,000 jobs nationwide, and many Texas companies are scaling back operations.

But even in this downturn, the Houston Business Journal reported that GE Oil and Gas—the energy arm of multinational industrial giant GE—is hiring aggressively. GE Oil and Gas recognizes the long-term strength of the industry—and the company is investing in its ability to improve oil and natural gas operations through technology and data analysis.

“We’re investing in unique and different kinds of data professionals,” Jody Markopoulos, COO of GE Oil and Gas, told the Houston Business Journal. “They come from all walks of life… It might be someone from a marketing [background] who understands the price of oil, or it might be someone from technology who understands the design practices and principles.”

STEM Education is Critical to Energy

The energy sector could add another 1.3 million jobs by 2030, with tens of thousands of positions opening up in Texas. Many of these jobs will require advanced training and education in STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and math.

Experts in software development and data analysis will be central to improving energy operations. In addition, engineers, geologists, chemists, and other scientific personnel will help advance America’s energy industry—and enable our nation to continue to be the world’s leading energy producer.

Fortunately, Texas has a strong educational system, with many great K-12 school districts, strong community colleges, and top-tier universities. Now we need to encourage young people to pursue college degrees and community college certifications in STEM fields—and set their sights on a career in the energy sector.

Support Maryland Progress


Categorized in: Hydraulic Fracturing, Jobs, Maryland

The Maryland legislature is considering regulations that would finally allow natural gas development in our state.

We need to show that Marylanders want responsible energy development and that any regulations MUST be reasonable and consider their impact on Maryland jobs and energy costs.

Please join us Tuesday, December 20 for an Energy Citizens and Energy Nation Rally to support clean and affordable natural gas and jobs for Marylanders!

  • What: Energy Citizens and Energy Nation Rally at the State Capitol
  • When: Tuesday, December 20, 8:30 AM – 11 AM (breakfast on us!)
  • Where: Harry Browne’s, 66 State Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401

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The moratorium on natural gas development has kept jobs and businesses out of Maryland for too long. Help us send a message to lawmakers on December 20 that Maryland should be open to progress and opportunity when it comes to developing our natural resources.

Let us know if you can make it by registering online here.

600 New Jobs in Beaver County?


Categorized in: Infrastructure, Jobs, Pennsylvania

Want to see 600 new jobs in Beaver County? Then join other energy supporters next week at a public hearing to support a critical new energy infrastructure project, the Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is looking for public input on the project. That’s why it’s critical that Energy Citizens attend the upcoming hearing and voice our support for a project that will boost Pennsylvania’s economy and support job growth.

  • What: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Public Hearing
  • When: Tuesday, December 15th, 3 PM
  • Where: Central Valley High School, 160 Baker Road Extension, Monaca, PA 15061

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This new complex will draw on Marcellus Shale gas to produce building block chemicals used to manufacture thousands of products that American consumers rely on. Anti-energy activists will be out in force at this hearing, spreading misinformation that this plant will harm water supplies.

But the fact is, the facility and its operations will not damage water resources or the environment and will adhere to the strictest state and federal regulations.

We need you at this meeting to help us push back against misinformation being promoted by energy opponents and support Pennsylvania’s progress. Register online to let us know if you can attend. Thank you!

Want 600 New Jobs for Beaver County?


Categorized in: Infrastructure, Jobs, Pennsylvania

Want to see 600 new jobs in Beaver County? Then join other energy supporters next week at a public hearing to support a critical new energy infrastructure project, the Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex.

The Board of Supervisors of the Second Class Township of Potter is looking for public input on the project. That’s why it’s critical that Energy Citizens attend the upcoming hearing and voice our support for a project that will boost Pennsylvania’s economy and support job growth.

  • What: Board of Supervisors of the Second Class Township of Potter
  • When: Tuesday, December 13th, 3 PM
  • Where: Potter Township Municipal Building, 206 Mowry Road, Monaca, PA 15061

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This new complex will draw on Marcellus Shale gas to produce building block chemicals used to manufacture thousands of products that American consumers rely on. Anti-energy activists will be out in force at this hearing, spreading misinformation that this plant will harm water supplies.

But the fact is, the facility and its operations will not damage water resources or the environment and will adhere to the strictest state and federal regulations.

We need you at this meeting to help us push back against misinformation being promoted by energy opponents and support Pennsylvania’s progress. Register online to let us know if you can attend. Thank you!

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Science behind the Hydraulic Fracturing Report


Categorized in: Hydraulic Fracturing, Jobs, National, States

Last year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a comprehensive report that came to a firm, scientifically sound conclusion: Fracking is safe.

But now, under pressure from anti-energy activists, the EPA is considering changing the report. This is wrong—and we need to tell the EPA: STAND BY SCIENCE.

Fracking is not only safe, it brings tremendous benefits.

Five Reasons Why Fracking is Good for America

Thanks in large part to fracking:

1. The U.S. now provides the majority of our own energy.
2. The U.S. oil and natural gas industry continues to support 9.8 million jobs.
3. The U.S. oil and natural gas industry continues to contribute $1.2 trillion to our economy annually.
4. Natural gas—accessed primarily through fracking—has helped American electricity producers to reduce carbon emissions to levels not seen in more than 20 years.
5. The average American household to save more than $1,300 annually on energy costs.

We must not let the EPA backtrack and undo the benefits of fracking!

Women Needed and Welcome in Texas’ Energy Sector


Categorized in: Jobs, Texas

While growth in energy production has temporarily slowed, we should not lose sight of the big picture: America’s energy sector is expected to add as many as 1.9 million jobs through 2035. As one of the nation’s energy leaders, Texas will see many of these new jobs.

The growth in the energy sector creates opportunities for anyone willing to step forward and pursue the education and training needed for most energy jobs. And energy companies are increasingly recognizing that the best way to grow and expand is to make sure that women and minorities are aware of the opportunities in the field.

According to energy industry leader Jack Gerard, president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute, “This nation will not be able to fulfill its potential as a global energy leader without more hands on deck, particularly minority and female workers.

By 2035, women could fill more than 290,000 job opportunities in the oil, natural gas, and petrochemical industries. If more women learn about career opportunities in energy, the actual figure could go higher.

The majority of jobs will be in blue color positions, and tens of thousands opportunities will be available in managerial and professional positions, usually requiring a four-year college degree. The average pay in the oil and natural gas industry in Texas is more than $104,000 annually—about $50,000 more per year than the average Texas salary for all industries and sectors.