Jobs in Virginia’s Fourth District: Energy IndustryPosted by Randy | May 03, 2012
Did you know that opening new offshore areas for American energy exploration could bring a potential 1,900 jobs to Virginia?
Domestic energy production remains an industry where there is significant room for growth and job creation. Yet, the Department of the Interior recently cancelled Virginia's scheduled offshore lease sale for 2011, pushing any possible lease sales to 2018, and the Administration has rejected opening the Keystone XL pipeline, despite the fact that it could create thousands of jobs.
Greater domestic energy production means more jobs for American citizens and we need to take advantage of the opportunity to develop our domestic energy resources, including those available in Virginia (In fact, Governor McDonnell recently signed energy legislation from the Virginia General Assembly that would advance Virginia as the energy capital of the East Coast.)
I have made it a priority in Congress to encourage the development of new energy sources with my New Manhattan Project for Energy Independence, support efforts to increase off-shore drilling, and call for the opening of the Keystone XL Pipeline to reduce our dependency on foreign oil. I’ve also fought against costly regulations that have caused companies like Dominion Power to close plants in Virginia.
The energy industry is ripe to bring more jobs and investment to the Commonwealth and across the United States.
Read more about my work for jobs in Virginia’s Fourth District in this detailed memo.
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