Last week, IER President Thomas Pyle met with the editorial board of The Daily Oklahoman during the American Products and Power bus tour that swung through the sooner state en route to Tampa, Florida. The bus tour, a joint project of the Institute for Energy Research and the American Energy Alliance, is calling for Washington to “get out of the way” so that the energy sector can drive our economic recovery and a renaissance of manufacturing jobs in the United States.
“Getting Washington out of the way would benefit the energy sector”
The Daily Oklahoman
Get out of the way.
That, in a nutshell, is the message preached by the American Energy Alliance, a right-leaning nonprofit that stumps for free-market energy policy. The AEA, whose multistate bus tour stopped in Oklahoma City last week, has its megaphone aimed squarely at the Obama administration, which has spent nearly four years looking for ways to curb the production of energy that doesn’t have a distinctly green hue.
While fast-tracking approval of projects such as Solyndra, and burning through hundreds of millions in government money in the process, the administration has tried to increase the tax burden on oil and gas producers — the one segment of the economy that’s actually creating jobs — made it more difficult to drill, and rejected the Keystone XL pipeline.
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