In the Beginning, There Was John Peterson…..

By December 11, 2006Energy

“Success has many parents,” goes the adage, “But failure is an orphan.”

As the 109th Congress rushed to conclude its business, it passed a very important piece of legislation that opens up some 8 million additional acres of our own resources to exploration, something all of our competitors would have done long ago. This rare legislative success had many parents and many rightfully claimed credit once the deed was done. However, it’s important to remember that this started with one lone Member of Congress — Rep. John Peterson (R-PA), not from a Gulf state — with a fundamental appreciation of the impact our energy moratorium was having on America’s manufacturers. Because of his leadership and tenacity, America’s manufacturers — and the American public — should ultimately see their natural gas prices begin to drop. For manufacturers fighting to compete against fierce global competition or for ordinary citizens on a fixed income, this victory is especially important.

Along the way, the notion managed to pick up a number of supporters in the House and Senate. We are grateful for the leadership of Neil Abercrombie (D-HI), for example, and Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) over on the Senate side and Sen. Domenici (R-NM). The rest of the Louisiana delegation in the House — Reps. Jindal (R) and Melancon (D) first among them — helped push this through as well.

Before the 109th became too much of a distant memory, we just wanted to say thanks to all those who helped get this bill done. But it was Peterson who got the ball rolling when the outlook was most bleak. Without his vision and leadership we would have never seen it become law.

Next time someone tells you one man can’t make a difference, tell them to go talk to John Peterson.

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