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Good Topic, Witnesses for Senate Hearing on Manufacturing

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From the Senate Commerce Committee, an announcement of a hearing scheduled for Wednesday, “Manufacturing Our Way to a Stronger Economy.”

May 11 2011 2:30 PM
Russell Senate Office Building – 253
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, today announced a second in a series of Commerce Committee hearings focusing on manufacturing in America and the ways in which the government and industry can strengthen the sector and promote job growth.

Witness Panel 1

  • Dr. Stephanie Burns
    Chairman, Dow-Corning Corporation
  • Mr. Leo W. Gerard
    International President
    The United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union (United Steelworkers)
  • Mr. Mike Rowe
    Creator, Executive Producer and Host
    Discovery Channel’s DIRTY JOBS

Gerard, the Steelworkers president, had a good letter published last week in The Washington Post, challenging an editorial that had criticized the pulp and paper industry’s use of a tax credit to promote biofuels, the “black liquor” issue. Gerard argued:

Biomass energy is green energy. When the fuel base is managed properly, unlike fossil fuel, biofuel is carbon-neutral. Pulp and paper mills not only use biomass as fuel, it is their main raw material to make products that keep carbon out of the atmosphere for months, years or, in some cases, generations…. Read More

Energy Reservations about the Job Summit

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From EnergyTomorrow.org, the American Petroleum Institute’s excellent website and blog, “Missed Opportunity at the Jobs Summit”:

API’s President Jack Gerard and Devon’s CEO and Chairman Larry Nichols called the White House Jobs Summit a “missed opportunity” during a conference call with reporters this morning, and wondered why the oil and natural gas industry was not invited.

America’s oil and natural industry employs and supports a total of 9.2 million U.S. jobs. It powers most of the energy that heats U.S. homes, fuels factories and offices, and gets people to home and work. It also adds more than $1 trillion to the national economy.

Yet, Larry said today that despite the fact that the industry asked to attend today’s Jobs Summit, he was not aware of anyone from an oil and natural gas trade association or a traditional energy company who had been invited.

Brian Faughnan, writing at new project, TheConservatives.com, “An Idea for the Job Summit: Stop the War on Coal.”

It’s true business trade associations were left off the attendee list for the White House gig, which is OK. The White House is generally quite good about taking input from people, and there are many fine manufacturing thinkers attending.

Still, we had to laugh at the explanation for the associations’ absence, as paraphrased by the Washington Post today in the preview story, “As Obama opens jobs summit, he faces limited options for growth“:

The White House, which has clashed with some of the business groups over their opposition to health-care reform and other initiatives, says it has met repeatedly with those organizations and wants to hear fresh ideas.

Oh, c’mon now. The fresh ideas of Anna Burger of the SEIU? The novel, innovative thinking of Leo Gerard of the Steelworkers?

UPDATE (3:05 p.m.): API issued a news release with its morning conference call.

UPDATE (3:14 p.m.): White House has released list of attendees. The fresh ideas of Andy Stern! The outre observations of Robert Reich!