The Edmond Sun covered the speech Wednesday of John Engler, president of the National Association of Manufacturers, at the State Chamber of Oklahoma’s public affairs conference in Oklahoma City. It’s a clear recounting of Engler’s message on energy. From “Manufacturers CEO calls for more government support for energy“:
OKLAHOMA CITY — A long list of noes from the federal government has suppressed the energy industry’s ability to lessen the country’s dependence on foreign energy resources, said John Engler…
In a country where the last nuclear plant was completed in the 1980s, the last oil refinery plant was completed in the 1970s and lawsuits have stopped the construction of coal power plants, Engler said, the energy industry is in dire need of less regulation and more support from the federal government.
However, Oklahoma has a history of bipartisan support for energy development, Engler said, which is one reason why the state’s unemployment rate is 3 percentage point below the national rate.