West Virginia Stands Ready to Help Put America On Top

March 12, 2012

If only America had national leadership dedicated to energy production!

 

The United States could emerge in the next decade as an energy giant, producing and exporting more than any other nation on the planet.  Energy could fuel American prosperity, not just in profits from this sector alone, but also lower costs for manufacturers looking for reasons to stay in the U. S. A.

 

West Virginia already sees growth and development.  The 25 best housing markets list, as ranked by HousingPredictor.com and reported in the Charleston Daily Mail, includes Charleston at #3, Huntington at #8, and Wheeling at #9.  Morgantown, an academic and health care center, did not make the list.  Oil boom town Minot, North Dakota, did.

 

Energy production, primarily in coal, has propelled West Virginia to first place on the list of states exporting to foreign markets.  Increased production of natural gas and its byproducts should help to keep those numbers increasing.

 

Despite the increasing amount of proven and potential gas and oil reserves found across the nation every year, questions remain over America’s future as an oil producer.  Obama  continues to show little interest in developing any kind of energy potential.  Last week the Senate, with his blessing, slammed the door shut again on the Keystone pipeline.  This policy harms our security and blocks the creation of thousands of jobs.

 

Myths and questions abound about gas and oil exploration in West Virginia and across the country.  Some of these should be addressed at a nationwide conference featuring academics and policy-makers from across the nation.  They will convene at the Greenbrier between April 1 and 3.  Interestingly it does include Senator Joe Manchin and Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, but not Senator Jay Rockefeller.  Rockefeller promoted natural gas throughout the 1990s as an alternative to oil and coal.

 

Clearly a national energy vision that is geared towards putting America on top will rely heavily on West Virginia.  And that is good news for a state that has missed out on consistent prosperity for so long.


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