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Vote4 Energy Vote4Energy
American Petroleum Institute’s New Campaign
By Eric Hamilton, Associate Director of the Florida Petroleum Council ecent high gasoline prices have brought attention to our industry once again. At the American Petroleum Institute, we are welcoming the attention and have launched a campaign, Vote4Energy (vote4energy.org), which empowers Americans by making a difference through their votes. As noted by President Obama in 2008, “Richard Nixon talked about freeing ourselves from dependence on foreign oil. And every president since that time has talked about freeing ourselves from dependence on foreign oil. Politicians of every stripe have promised energy independence, but that promise has so far gone unmet.” With the right choices, America is uniquely positioned to achieve energy security. A Vote4Energy is not a vote for a person, or a party, or even a philosophy, but rather, it is a vote for America and its future. We are an energy-rich nation. Through technological advances, we have more oil and natural gas than anyone thought possible even 20 years ago: more potential energy than many oilexporting nations in the Mideast, and more than most countries in the world. When we look at all our domestic energy options— fossil fuels, nuclear energy, renewable and alternative energy sources such as biofuels—we see a nation with an abundance of opportunity for growth.
...Empower your customers, family, and friends by directing them to Vote4Energy.org so they can make a difference in America’s energy future through informed votes.
There has been much discussion in Washington about how to address persistently high unemployment and increase revenues to the federal government, while still leading our country to higher economic growth. The oil and natural gas industry is prepared to do all three, and more—by providing the secure sources of affordable and reliable energy that protects our national security. America faces increased global competition for oil supplies over the next few decades, with global demand for oil expected to increase by 30 percent by 2035. In light of these dramatic worldwide dynamics, the U.S. can regain control over its energy security only through sound domestic energy policies. For example, with the right policies, the U.S. could bring an additional 8.6 million barrels of oil a day to the market from secure U.S. and Canadian supplies by 2030. America needs to do as much to encourage domestic production as it has to encourage global production. Instead of urging other countries to produce more energy for America to import, policymakers should boost development of our own oil and natural gas resources right here at home. Within 15 years, American and Canadian energy supplies could provide 100 percent of U.S. liquid fuel needs with increased biofuels development and the implementation of four straightforward policies: 1. Providing access to U.S. oil and natural gas reserves that are currently off-limits; 2. Returning the Gulf of Mexico permitting rates to pre-moratorium levels, at a minimum;
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Petrogram -Summer 2012
Executive Director’s Perspective
2012 Sunshine Food & Fuel Expo Highlights
Win a Seven-Night Cruise for Two Aboard Royal Caribbean
Been There, Done That
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Petrogram -Summer 2012