Why swing state voters should be voting on energy policy

posted at 2:31 pm on October 27, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

Vote4Energy has been busy compiling some statistics which should be of interest to voters in a few very popular states during the final week of the election. And while the bottom line subject matter is about energy, the direct fallout of it is jobs. If there is anybody left who doesn’t understand the link between government energy policy and job growth, this information needs to be put in their hands quickly.

Let’s start with everyone’s favorite state and apparently the new home of record for both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney – Ohio.

  • - The oil and gas industry supports more than 230,000 jobs statewide.
  • - On average, oil and gas employees make more than $68,000 (66.31% more than the state average).
  • - Oil and gas contribute $11.3 billion to Ohio’s labor income and $22.7 billion to Ohio’s economy overall.
  • - Ohio has among the highest refining capacities in the Midwest.
  • - Crude oil/natural gas production in Ohio equaled over $1 billion in economic benefits as of 2007.

Next up, Pennsylvania.

  • - The oil and gas industry supports more than 275,000 jobs statewide
  • - On average, oil and gas employees make more than $66,000 (47.64% more than the state average).
  • - Oil and gas contribute $14.9 billion to Pennsylvania’s labor income and $28.4 billion to Pennsylvania’s economy overall.
  • - There are more than 18,000 oil-producing wells in Pennsylvania.
  • - Pennsylvania has almost twelve percent of the nation’s natural gas-producing wells.

And finally, Colorado.

  • - The oil and gas industry supports more than 161,000 jobs statewide.
  • - On average, oil and gas employees make more than $97,000 (104.23% more than the state average).
  • - Oil and gas contribute $10.2 billion to Colorado’s labor income and $20.4 billion to Colorado’s economy overall.
  • - Colorado’s oil shale deposits equal the entire world’s proven reserves.
  • - Colorado is one of the top natural gas-producing states.

Back to Ohio for a moment, check out the following video where the actual people who are trying to rebuild Ohio’s economy and improve job prospects are doing it. And then ask yourself… do you want this to move forward or see continually increasing regulations tamp this back down? Remember that most of this production is on private land. Leasing on public land is still an uphill battle. And the President is still pushing a very disingenuous “use it or lose it” policy. It’s a popular Democratic talking point, but ignores the fact that the market already employs a “use it or lose it” regimen on energy producers, and the expenses and logistics involved in developing those resources seem to be beyond the grasp of the administration.

To the video, Batman!


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This really isn’t much news to most of us readers.. The key is getting it out to the “low informed”.

Al Hall on October 27, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Why? How about the price of gas has gone through the roof?
Damn, O has his pass the buck talking points to suggest he’s not to blame, but in O’s own words he said he wants gas prices to rise, only slowly, and it can be inferred that O’s views are in line with his Anti-Energy Secretary Stephen Chu’s stated goal of getting our gas prices up to $10 a gallon like Europe. Clearly, O -WANTS- high gas prices, which literally ripples through personal budgets and the economy to destructive effect.
In contrast, Romney promises energy independence and lower gas & energy prices. O promises nothing of the sort, and probably through executive order O in a 2nd term would try to manipulate gas prices to the $10 a gallon Chu & the climate change loons dream of, so O’s cronies can profit by the $billions with their worthless windmills and Volts. O says not to underestimate what he can “accomplish” during his second term. Take his word for it!

anotherJoe on October 27, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Because this is what yer dealing with.

BigWyo on October 27, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Obama’s Plan to Make Gas as expensive as in Europe, is almost complete! The end of Good Paying Jobs is right around the corner. A vote for Obama, is a vote for $10 p/gallon gas. Hyper-inflation follows right along. Will the American public become dependent on the Govt. for everything? That’s a question that will be answered Nov.6th.
I’ve added an Important Link & ADDENDUM to:How to take on the Obama Jihadi media & Win: http://paratisiusa.blogspot.com/2012/09/an-open-letter-to-those-who-should-know.html?spref=tw

God Bless America!

paratisi on October 27, 2012 at 2:43 PM

First verse:

Imagine an America
Where strip mines are fun and free
Where gays can be fixed
And sick people just die
And oil fills the sea

BigWyo on October 27, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Energy independence should be the goal of all Americans, regardless of party. Since the days of Jimmy Carter, this should have been job 1.

IrishEyes on October 27, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Imagine an America
Where strip mines are fun and free
Where gays can be fixed
And sick people just die
And oil fills the sea

BigWyo on October 27, 2012 at 2:45 PM

THose are my favorite planks of the rethuglikkkan platform.

and the racism.

tom daschle concerned on October 27, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Every swing state and non-swing state voter should be voting on a “stopping the insanity” policy. The current and future generations of Americans are in for a rough go of it no matter who wins the election, but if we get four more years of Obama lunacy, it will go much worse.

First step is to stop the bleeding and vote the Obama gang out of office.

MessesWithTexas on October 27, 2012 at 2:53 PM

BigWyo on October 27, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Holy crapoli !
Absolutely insane.
:-(

pambi on October 27, 2012 at 2:57 PM

This really isn’t much news to most of us readers.. The key is getting it out to the “low informed”.

Al Hall on October 27, 2012 at 2:43 PM

…why is there SO many of them?

KOOLAID2 on October 27, 2012 at 3:02 PM

pambi on October 27, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Indeed. I would really love to see the ‘adults’ that produced that fine POS get called out on the carpet.

BigWyo on October 27, 2012 at 3:05 PM

An America crippled by lack of AMERICAN energy.

The dream of every Progressive.

PappyD61 on October 27, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Ot, but a pretty good 7 minutes intended for Preezy or undecided voters. The second half is really good.

BigWyo on October 27, 2012 at 2:43 PM

pambi on October 27, 2012 at 3:11 PM

This really isn’t much news to most of us readers.. The key is getting it out to the “low informed”.

Al Hall on October 27, 2012 at 2:43 PM

…why is there SO many of them?

KOOLAID2 on October 27, 2012 at 3:02 PM

The MSM.

Al Hall on October 27, 2012 at 3:14 PM

No problem with the “children of the future” video.

http://www.caintv.com/Indoctrinatedliberalzombiechil-644

Obama and his IPAB Death Panel will have all aborted them by then.

PappyD61 on October 27, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Re : pambi on October 27, 2012 at 3:11 PM

WAIT, WHAT ?? IPad thingy didn’t copy my link correctly. Sorry.

Will head to lappy for that link … brb.

pambi on October 27, 2012 at 3:19 PM

OT, but a pretty good 7 minutes intended for Preezy or undecided voters. The second half is really good.
Good comeback to the parents of those singing kids ! LOL.

http://www.ijreview.com/2012/10/20206-must-watch-video/

pambi on October 27, 2012 at 3:26 PM

It’s more than just a jobs issue.

Every dollar spent on muslem oil, is a dollar that goes to the jihad – you know, the folks who want to kill us all.

It’s a major national security issue also.

Rebar on October 27, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Rational Thought on October 27, 2012 at 3:19 PM

If the story is true, this is so similar to the Saturday night Massacre in Watergate.

Are Barry and Panetta charging General Ham and Admiral Gaouette with mutiny by disobeying orders to stand down? Is so, they will have to be court martialed. The details of what transpired that night will come tumbling out. The question will be, did they disobey orders that will be politically deadly for Barry and Panetta.

The two men will not be and this thing will blow up big time in the face of Barry and Panetta.

bayview on October 27, 2012 at 3:57 PM

http://www.humanevents.com/2012/10/26/is-voter-fraud-being-committed-in-ohio/

davidk on October 27, 2012 at 3:40 PM

…of course…where are the UN observers when you need them?

KOOLAID2 on October 27, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Second Verse:

Islam and the Ruskies Can Freeze Europe and parts of Asia solid.
We get $1 to $3 for Natural Gas That costs $13 a foot over there.

We got folks in the midwest on the dole and living really squalid.
We could frack lots of oil and gas and our economy would soon repair.

This would control some men like Putin and men Sheik Kalid.
Just expand some ports, build the pipelines, rail cars, export ships and dare.

The solution will stay a dream incredible.
If we elect the fool known as the flexible.

IlikedAUH2O on October 27, 2012 at 4:13 PM

BigWyo on October 27, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Yea, Obama’s free spirit mom just went off around the world then came home to find herself sick and without insurance.

This was after dumping her kid on grandma.

The pre-existing condition out of the insurance companies reared its ugly head.

Her son, years out of Harvard Law School, couldn’t be expected to pay mom’s bills.

So we rotten Americans just let her just die.

No? Amazing that we don’t have piles of dead in front of hospitals.

Except in your dreams.

IlikedAUH2O on October 27, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Energy is the basic input to every single good and service in the economy. It is not just in your gas tank and utility bill; it is a component of price of everything. As energy rices increase so does the price of everything.

Energy prices should be everyone’s concern, not just those in the extraction industries.

The GOP needs to point that out to all Americans and expand this as an issue beyond extraction states.

If Romney wins I hope like Heck that he guts the EPA, eliminates the ability of eco-NGOs to act for the public in court, and eliminates all taxpayer funding of all eco-NGOs.

Charlemagne on October 27, 2012 at 4:26 PM

BigWyo on October 27, 2012 at 2:45 PM

I would say that several nice airlines offer one way tickets to other parts of the world for you except that no other nation is as obtuse in economics as this administration and our Department of Energy.

And most other nations are a lot rougher on gays.

IlikedAUH2O on October 27, 2012 at 4:28 PM

So Coloradans should vote for Obammy since he promises stronger support for the state’s pork-depedent thriving solar and wind industries than does Flopney the opportunist? Interesting.

Oh, you meant moonshining bumpkins in coal country should vote for Flopney. Oops.

Daikokuco on October 28, 2012 at 12:19 AM