The House Energy Action Team (HEAT) is a coalition of Members of Congress who support the development, deployment, and efficient use of all-of-the-above energy resources. Reps. Markwayne Mullin and Jeff Duncan serve as co-chairs.
“This Astonishing Energy Miracle”
Just last summer, Energy Secretary Rick Perry told an international conference that the United States is “bearing witness to this astonishing energy miracle.” Indeed, everything from the liquid natural gas boom to nuclear power and innovations in renewables have helped drive unemployment to historic lows, rejuvenated our economy, and reduced our dependence on foreign energy supplies.
As Republicans finish out this session week and head home for Memorial Day, we will keep advocating for all-of-the-above energy solutions that keep Americans employed and business thriving. Democrats, on the other hand, must be held accountable for their plans to eradicate entire industries – endangering the livelihoods of millions of Americans and threatening our economy.
The energy industry employs millions of Americans
- The energy sector employs roughly 6.7 million Americans and added over 150,000 new jobs in 2018 alone.
- While the energy sector comprises about 4.6% of the American workforce, it accounted for almost 7% of all new jobs across the country.
- In 2018, the energy-and-utility sector had the highest median pay of any sector in the S&P 500, with the median worker making roughly $117,000 a year.
- The nuclear power industry employs 475,000 Americans, including every position from nuclear engineers to pipefitters, accountants, and chemists. Every 100 nuclear power plant jobs supports 66 new jobs in local communities.
- The AOPL estimates that just one pipeline construction project generates 42,000 jobs and $2 billion in salaries and benefits.
- Upon release of the Green New Deal, even the notoriously liberal AFL-CIO came out in opposition to the plan, saying “we will not stand by and allow threats to our members’ jobs and their families’ standard of living go unanswered.”
Democrats’ harmful “keep it in the ground” activism
- According to a report by the Global Energy Institute, “keep it in the ground” activism, including New York State’s ban on fracking, has prevented over $91 billion in economic activity and ruined 700,000 job opportunities.
- New York recently denied a permit for the $925 million Constitution Pipeline from Pennsylvania to New York. As a result nearly 3 million American homes in New York do not have access to affordable natural gas heating and continue to rely on dirtier and more expensive heating fuels throughout the winter, when the economic benefits of cleaner natural gas were a state away.
- David Blackmon, a Forbes energy contributor, writes “[New York and California] also have world class oil and natural gas resources beneath their collective feet, but seem to be almost constitutionally incapable of taking advantage of them. The policymakers in these states really have very little understanding of the benefits of a healthy oil and gas industry.”
- In 2017, Texas had the fastest-growing economy of any state in the U.S., largely fueled by oil and gas jobs in the Permian Basin, as well as the largest wind generation capacity in the country.
- Texas is expecting to collect $6.7 billion in revenue from oil and gas industry taxes. These revenues will go to building new hospitals, schools, and roads.
- West Virginia recently saw a record revenue surplus thanks to taxes paid by the region’s oil and natural gas industry. Meanwhile, consumers saved billions on utility bills as a result of local production.