NAM President Engler Talks Energy in Houston

By July 27, 2007Energy

The Houston Chronicle does the best job of any of the major U.S. newspapers in reporting on the energy industry, and its coverage includes regular blogging, as well. Such as this item at Newswatch Energy:

Engler talks energy policy in Houston
General Motors’ falling market share and the lure of low-wage countries like China are only part of the reason the U.S. has lost more than 3.2 million manufacturing jobs since 2000.

Productivity increases, and — believe it or not — rising energy costs are also to blame, said John Engler, president of the National Association of Manufacturers.

Engler, a former three-term governor of Michigan, was in Houston Wednesday to meet with members of the trade group and stress the need for Congress to hammer out a comprehensive energy policy that offers long-term solutions for improving access to energy supplies and reducing U.S. dependence on foreign oil.

“We need to work hard to have Congress understand this is about much more than scoring a political point,” he said in an interview with the Chronicle. “This isn’t just trying to have an environmental group say we’re happy with you because you’ve delivered on this promise. What’s at stake are literally thousands and thousands of jobs in the U.S. economy.”

Expect a more complete story from the interview in next week’s business section.

Apropros Texas newspapers, the July edition of The Columbia Journalism Review featured a thorough and generally fair analysis of the business and journalistic difficulties faced by The Dallas Morning News, an article entitled, “Damage Report.” Not too much of the journalist whining that tends to undermine these analyses, and all in all, it’s one of the best pieces we’ve seen about the decline of big city newspapers.

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