IN THE NEWS
According to an op-ed in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, expanding the nation’s natural gas infrastructure should be part of the solution for getting Americans back to work. With the unemployment rate for the month of September at 9.1 percent—the same rate as August and the second highest monthly level in 2011—removing barriers to energy production could result in good paying private sector jobs.
The unemployment rate has been below 9 percent for only two of the last 30 months (February and March 2011). From March 2009 (the month after the failed $1.2 trillion “stimulus” was enacted) to September 2011, unemployment has averaged 9.4 percent. Prior to the enactment of the “stimulus,” the White House promised that unemployment would not rise above eight percent if the bill became law. According to the op-ed, economists calculate actual unemployment, those who have given up the job search or accepted a part-time job, to be 16.5 percent.
A consulting firm, Wood Mackenzie, recently predicted that the oil and natural gas industry would create a half-million new U.S. jobs by 2030 under existing government policy. But with more favorable policies, up to 1.5 million new jobs would be created and tax revenues would rise by $800 billion.
WHAT ARE HOUSE REPUBLICANS DOING?
President Obama’s economic policies have failed, but House Republicans remain focused on removing government barriers to private sector job creation. House Republicans’ American Energy Initiative is an ongoing effort to expand American energy production and help foster an environment for job creation. These three bills, recently approved by the House Natural Resources Committee, would increase America’s energy security and boost the economy by putting our country’s abundant natural resources to use.
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