NAM President: Energy Package Is A Start, But Future Usage Is Still A Concern

The president of the NAM welcomes the energy package, but criticizes it for not doing enough to address future energy use.

WASHINGTON - The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President John Engler on Wednesday applauded the energy package voted out of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, but cautioned that the draft did not adequately address future energy use.

“Our nation is starving for a solution to our energy crisis,” said Engler. “Any movement toward establishing a sound domestic energy policy is welcome news, but without substantial congressional action, the nation’s manufacturers and our economy will suffer. A foundation for future energy use demands comprehensive and aggressive reforms - both of which we hope the Senate will take up when legislation moves to the floor.”

Noting the increasing gasoline prices, Engler added that “all Americans - especially lawmakers - must be active participants in the energy debate. Staving off meaningful reforms exhausts energy resources, adds pressure to our economy and extends energy price volatility.”

Engler pointed to the NAM’s energy policy in its Economic Security for America’s Competitiveness Strategy, which includes initiatives like diversifying fuel mix and increasing energy efficiency.

“We look forward to working with Congress on amending legislation to reflect the pressing needs of the nation’s manufacturers, small businesses and families,” Engler added.

For more information on NAM’s energy strategy, click here.  

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