Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu sits on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. And Landrieu hails from a state where about one out of 10 people work in the oil and gas or an energy-related industry.
Landrieu will appear on this week’s “America’s Business with Mike Hambrick” to discuss what America must do to achieve energy security. Landrieu also tells Mike she recently voted against a motion to advance an energy bill because she believes taxes on oil and gas would hurt the nation’s energy supply.
“We don’t need to be discouraging production of oil and gas,” Landrieu says. “We do need to be promoting the production of alternative fuels but not at the expense of traditional sources.”
Coal might have a dirty reputation but it’s essential to America’s energy needs. Did you know half of the electricity generated in the United States comes from coal?
West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin, another guest on this week’s program, will talk about the role coal will play as the United States develops alternative energy sources. America can also use coal in an environmentally sound way, said Manchin, who represents the nation’s second largest coal producing state.
“The bottom line is we’re going to continue to use coal in this nation as we move out in the next 10, 20, 30 years,” Manchin says. “I believe, truly believe, that we can do it much cleaner, much greener, much more responsible.”
With the presidential election season heating up, Greg Casey, president of the Business Industry Political Action Committee, will chat with Mike about what’s at stake for manufacturers. And two reporters from respected Capitol Hill newspapers – Roll Call and CQ Weekly — will shed light on issues Congress could tackle in 2008.
In our regular segments, Renee Giachino of American Justice Partnership gives us the latest report on legal reform while the National Association of Manufacturers’ Hank Cox recalls the “The Way It Was.”
And the NAM President John Engler will offer up the “The Last Word” when he talks about the recent 2008 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and how new free trade pacts are vital for the nation’s electronics makers.
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