Include contribution of oil and natural gas to US economy
The oil and natural gas industry contributes significantly to the U.S. economy as one of the nation’s largest employers and purchasers of goods. Even in a struggling economy, America’s oil and natural gas companies continue to provide well-paying jobs, revenue to governments and investment growth for millions of Americans—totaling an economic contribution that challenges Washington’s idea of stimulus.
Consider it the energy stimulus: $476 billion delivered to the U.S. economy in 2010— equal to roughly 60 percent of the 2009 federal stimulus. It’s a stimulus that didn’t need an act of Congress and which, with the right policies, can be repeated over and over—helping to drive broader economic recovery.
Increased access to our vast domestic oil and natural gas could generate more government revenue, create new jobs and significantly contribute to U.S. energy security.