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  • 'Drilling = Jobs': Congressman's Simple Message Falls on Deaf Ears

    During the president’s Thursday speech on his new jobs proposal (which, as of yet, does not actually exist on paper), Rep. Jeff Landry, a Republican freshman from Louisiana, staged a bit of silent activism. Photos of the congressman show him holding a sign displaying a simply message: “Drilling = jobs”.

    The point, of course, is that expanding domestic energy production through increased oil drilling – most notably in the Gulf of Mexico, on which the congressman’s district sits – would significantly boost employment.

    Indeed, a study released on Wednesday by the energy research firm Wood Mackenzie estimated that increased production could create 1.4 million jobs and produce an additional $800 billion in federal revenue.

    A failure to reform current policy towards domestic oil drilling, on the other hand, could have disastrous consequences for employment – especially in the Gulf region. A study by investment bank BER Capital Investments, also released Wednesday, warned that as many as 20 oil drilling rigs could leave the Gulf if the federal regulators’ rate of permit approval does not increase.

    Landry prefaced his silent protest with this statement:

    Our unemployment rate is the problem, and the solution is simple: drilling equals jobs. By allowing the hard-working people in the Gulf of Mexico to ply their trade, we can save 25,000 jobs. By allowing production in a small portion of ANWR, we can create 250,000 jobs. And by lifting the ban on new offshore drilling, we could create 1.2 million jobs. We must increase domestic energy exploration, expedite the permitting process, and remove the burecratic [sic] red-tape and barriers on job creators. Producing domestic energy will create jobs across the country, increase revenue to the federal government, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Mr. President, do the right thing: let us drill.

    But alas, Landry’s message fell on deaf ears. The word “energy” earned nary a mention in the president’s speech, and increased domestic production will not be part of the president’s soon-to-be-unveiled American Jobs Act.

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    9 Responses to 'Drilling = Jobs': Congressman's Simple Message Falls on Deaf Ears

    1. Carmen Rivas says:

      This was so creative…lol

    2. Matthew says:

      As a Louisianian, I wish more people would see this display. Rep. Landry is spot on. The moratorium (and subsequent de-facto ban) on offshore drilling ravaged South Louisiana far more than the BP oil spill did. There is bipartisan support among Louisiana's Congressional delegation to allow companies to drill in the Gulf of Mexico once again. Why is the President not listening?

    3. justanne says:

      At least SOME freshmen congressman have b _ _ _s. I wish they all did. I love this statement. I wish my congressman had these kinds of guts.

    4. Bobbie says:

      Because there are solutions to the problems government has caused America(ns) that doesn't call for sacrifice on tax payers, these are proper solutions of intellect to government's problematic behavior within government control. Practical solutions are necessary to grow the economy and avoid borrowing to pay government jobs wages.

      President Obama complicates all issues and proves government is more harm than good. By using the term "we' the president wants us to be impressed as if he is one of us. Don't be fooled. We're his tools. Can't be partners with someone that has control over the situation and us, who sets the rules he doesn't have to abide by, with total refusal to acknowledge concerns but focused on his own gain, working directly against us. Government jobs COST money taken from people! Private sector jobs MAKE money AND PAY THEIR OWN COSTS!! Leadership that leads by example of irresponsible decision making and unfair sacrifice, isn't leadership with moral, decent values.
      DRILL BABY DRILL!! ENERGY INDEPENDENCE AND EMPLOYMENT AVAILABLE NOW!!!! more evidence government is involved in too much and once again holding America's economic growth and employment down, intentionally!

    5. Bill Bountain says:

      Would you kindly share with your readers this excellent video by OMSA? It's their second whiteboard illustration which shares data of another recent study published by IHS Global Insight. The report and the video show the impact Interior's backlog of administrative approvals and permit applications are having on job creation. I think it puts Congressman Landry's sign in perspective for folks. Thanks! Link: http://youtu.be/fkDJpGXHsIw

    6. Jeff, Illinois says:

      I think Jeff Landry is misguided and childish !

    7. JQP says:

      This is the first I have heard of this message, will have to see where else it has been posted, u think the media bias will allow it, or will they spin it!

    8. CalBear says:

      Excellent! Bravo Congressman Landry!
      So many Americans resonate with your call to action on domestic energy production.
      Help is on the way!

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