Energy is clearly on voters’ minds as the 2012 elections approach. Voters realize that
federal, state, and local governments’ policies will determine the extent to which the nation’s
considerable oil and gas resources are developed over the next 4 years, he said during one of
API’s final Vote 4 Energy events.
Energy is a top issue not just in the national races, but also in gubernatorial, state legislature, and
city and county contests. We’re encouraged by the public dialogue we’ve found in our visits
across the country. Voters understand that if we make the right decisions, Americans can enjoy
substantial benefits from our oil and gas resources for decades ahead.
Oil and gas is one of the few areas where construction job opportunities grew during the
recession, which began in late 2008.