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American Energy – A Bipartisan Issue

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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted August 28, 2014

Despite the hyper-partisanship currently flourishing in Washington, there is a potential tie that binds: American energy.

Thanks to advanced technologies, entrepreneurial risk-taking and abundant oil and natural gas reserves, U.S. energy is on the rise: We’re the world’s No. 1 producer of natural gas and likely to be No. 1 in crude oil production next year, according to the International Energy Agency. Our energy revolution is creating jobs, boosting the economy and increasing America’s energy security and influence in the world. It’s also a bridge to bipartisanship.

API Executive Vice President Louis Finkel touched on these themes in a recent op-ed for the Reno Gazette-Journaland in a presentation before the Nevada state convention of the AFL-CIO. 

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Keystone XL: ‘Put Thousands of Americans Back to Work’

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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted February 14, 2013

Americans want the Keystone XL pipeline built. There’s no mistaking that in polling, including a new one we’ll get into down below.

Of all the Americans who’ve waited more than four years for the president to give the full Keystone XL the go-ahead, few have more on the line than thousands of building and construction workers. For them it’s bread on the table. Sean McGarvey, president of the AFL-CIO’s Building and Construction Trade Department, talked to reporters this week about his union’s support for the project's approval:

“For the skilled craft professionals that I am privileged to represent, the past four years have not been a recession, they have been a depression. Today, the unemployment rate in the U.S. construction industry is 16 percent.”

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