WASHINGTON D.C. — IER President Thomas Pyle sent letters to all 50 U.S. governors this week, detailing how pro-growth policies for energy development on federal lands could redound to the economic prosperity of their states.

The letters represent the next phase of IER’s nation-wide strategy to educate policy makers and the American people about the opportunity for economic prosperity that more oil and gas leasing on federal lands would create. In each letter, Pyle references state-specific data concerning budget deficits and prolonged unemployment to bolster the case for expanded energy production on federal lands.

Citing facts from IER’s recently released report, “Beyond the Congressional Budget Office: The Additional Economic Effects of Immediately Opening Federal Lands to Oil and Gas Leasing,” Pyle challenged the governors that it is their “duty to fight for public policies that improve the standard of living” for their states’ residents. By embracing a pro-growth agenda for energy development on federal lands, the states can “create real opportunities for high-paying jobs and drastically increased tax revenues.”

“I encourage you to work with [your] state and federal lawmakers to put [your citizens] back to work and help pull our nation out of this lingering recession,” Pyle’s letter concludes. A copy of IER’s report was included with each letter.

To read copies of all 50 letters, click here.

To read IER’s groundbreaking report, “Beyond the Congressional Budget Office,” click here.

To read about North America’s vast energy resources, click here.


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