Posted April 4, 2017
We’ve posted a couple of television ads to the Energy Tomorrow YouTube channel underscoring the jobs and economic good associated with building pipelines that bring safe, affordable natural gas to American consumers and businesses. Take a look:
Kelly represents some of the work opportunity generated by the natural gas and oil industry’s long supply chain – building the pipeline network to bring cleaner-burning natural gas to homes, businesses and industries. As she says, these are well-paying jobs, and hers means economic support for a household:
“I love working on the pipeline because it’s how I provide for my girls, it’s how I feed my family. … As a single mom, I have to provide for my girls. I have two daughters that I have to make sure have food on their table, make sure they have a house over their head, and that’s what pipeline does for me and many others. It’s a great living.”
America needs more infrastructure to ensure that the benefits of the U.S. energy renaissance are fully realized across the country. Benefits include affordable energy but also the jobs created to build pipelines, processing stations and other projects. Jobs like Kelly’s.
A second ad connects the work of Matt, a pipeline welder, with safe infrastructure construction and the broader economic boost provided by energy projects. As the video emphasizes, building infrastructure is good for American energy and good for the American economy, potentially adding hundreds of thousands of jobs while boosting growth.
Energy infrastructure is America’s backbone. White House support for expedited pipeline environmental reviews and approvals is welcome leadership in an area that’s critically important to sustaining and growing the U.S. energy renaissance. Working with the private sector, Washington should pursue policies that allow timely siting and permitting of oil and natural gas infrastructure projects, providing a path for continued development of the national energy delivery system that benefits everyone.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mark Green joins API after spending 16 years as national editorial writer in the Washington Bureau of The Oklahoman newspaper. In all, he has been a reporter and editor for more than 30 years, including six years as sports editor at The Washington Times. He lives in Occoquan, Virginia, with his wife Pamela. Mark graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in journalism and earned a masters in journalism and public affairs at American University. He's currently working on a masters in history at George Mason University, where he also teaches as an adjunct professor in the Communication Department.