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Happy Holidays From BP

In its post Gulf spill commercials, BP promised to “make it right.”  That’s a good PR pitch.  Unfortunately, BP, whose somewhat questionable safety and operational record led to the whole mess, is showing many individuals that that is all it is – a pitch.

For Thomas Clements, who lost 2 employees and watched helplessly as his business decreased by over 50% from the moratorium imposed by the Obama Administration in the wake of the spill, these are troubled times. Just in time for the holidays, BP denied his claim for emergency relief. (See letter below.) Without recompense from the company responsible for the mess, the ringing in of 2011 could be a death knell for Clements’ enterprise, CNC Machining (along with the loss of how many employees?).

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Quote of the Day

“They have so bungled this moratorium effort, if it wasn’t so sad it would be laughable … This administration has failed to use every opportunity they’ve been provided to reassure the industry that they actually believe they have a future in this country.”

Senator Mary Landrieu in a November 30th Energy & Environment News story, “Landrieu pushing for scaled-back spill bill this year.”

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Press Release: Obama Fails to Recast G20, Asia Trip as Jobs Mission

Obama Fails to Recast G20, Asia Trip as Jobs Mission

Washington, D.C. – In response to President Obama’s performance at the G20 summit and his trip to Asia falling short of the White House’s goal to “open new markets for America’s products in this fast-growing part of the world,” American Energy Alliance President Thomas Pyle released the following statement:

If Obama truly believes that ‘the future we’re fighting for isn’t as the world’s largest importer, consuming products made elsewhere, but as the world’s largest manufacturer of ideas and good sold around the world,’ he has a funny way of showing it in areas that he actually can control. By advocating for selective elimination of the job-creating tax credit ‘Section 199,’ the President would hinder rather than help growth of U.S. manufacturing.

Many of the so-called ‘subsidies’ being targeted by the Obama administration are actually production and income credits available to all businesses, not just oil and gas, and intended to incentive economic growth and job creation. What the White House described in its G20 press release last week as a ‘gradual multilateral removal of existing fossil fuel subsidies’ would actually amount to a steady stifling of our natural resources and our global innovativeness.

Converse to rhetoric from Democratic leadership, existing tax incentives such as Section 199 help invite investment in U.S. firms and incentive the innovation necessary to achieve the breakthroughs which now offer Americans many of the safest, affordable, and most efficient energy sources available. Stripping these credits for just one industry would provide de facto subsidies to our foreign competitors like Iran, China and Brazil.

If the President is serious about bolstering American industries and the jobs they support, he must readjust his anti-energy agenda.”

For more information, please email media@saveusenergyjobs.org.

Founded in May, 2008, The American Energy Alliance (“AEA”) is a not-for-profit organization that engages in grassroots public policy advocacy and debate concerning energy and environmental policies.  AEA is the advocacy arm of the Institute for Energy Research (IER), a not-for-profit organization – founded in 1989 – that conducts intensive research and analysis on the functions, operations, and government regulation of global energy markets.

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Press Release: Gulf Small Business Owner Set To Testify Before Obama’s Spill Commission

Gulf Small Business Owner Set To Testify Before Obama’s Spill Commission

BP spill, Interior’s drilling moratorium triggered 50% loss in Thomas Clements’ business

WASHINGTON, D.C.— In anticipation of being one of only seven individuals who will get the chance to testify before President Obama’s National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling this afternoon, Louisiana small business owner Thomas Clements released the following statement:

As a Louisiana small business owner, I know firsthand the ways BP’s catastrophe and the resulting federal overreaction wreaked havoc on the livelihood of entrepreneurs struggling to rebuild the Gulf region’s economyMy company, Oilfield CNC Machining, has already suffered a 50% decline in business since this time last year.

For many, these spill-related financial burdens are not being offset by BP. Like other impacted business owners in Louisiana, my family painstakingly pulled together what we assumed was the necessary paperwork to receive a check from the compensatory fund. Apparently illustrating a decline in business was not sufficient to receive reimbursement. I am one of more than 20,000 forgotten casualties who have not seen a dollar from BP to offset the economic hardship the spill and the government response caused my family.

And my troubles are far from over. The government is now withholding the permits that will get our economy back on track.  They lifted the official deepwater drilling moratorium, but the administration continues to suffocate the region by backlogging new drilling permits.

“Sandwiched between a government policy of business destruction and a tight-pocketed foreign-owned corporation, U.S. workers find themselves stuck between a proverbial rock and a hard place.”

To speak with Clements or an AEA representative, please contact Laura Henderson at 202-380-5758 or lhenderson@energydc.org.

Founded in May, 2008, The American Energy Alliance (“AEA”) is a not-for-profit organization that engages in grassroots public policy advocacy and debate concerning energy and environmental policies. AEA is the advocacy arm of the Institute for Energy Research (IER), a not-for-profit organization – founded in 1989 – that conducts intensive research and analysis on the functions, operations, and government regulation of global energy markets.

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Press Release: Drilling Ban Leaves Gulf Business Owner With 50% Loss

For Immediate Release
Friday, November 5, 2010

Drilling Ban Leaves Gulf Business Owner With 50% Loss

WASHINGTON, D.C.—In anticipation of next week’s D.C. meeting of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, Louisiana small business owner Thomas Clement plans to discuss the ways in which BP’s catastrophe and the ensuing federal response wreaked havoc on his livelihood and those of thousands of other Gulf region entrepreneurs. Despite lifting the official deepwater drilling moratorium, the administration continues to suffocate the region by backlogging new drilling permits. Clements Oilfield CNC Machining LLC has already suffered a 50% decline in business since from this time last year.

WHO

Thomas Clements, Co-owner of Oilfield CNC Machining LLC, Broussard, LA

Thomas Pyle, President of the American Energy Alliance

WHAT

Save U.S. Energy Jobs Media Teleconference

WHERE

Dial In Information Available Upon RSVP

WHEN

Monday, November 8, 2010

1:00pm ET

To RSVP for this event, please contact media@saveusenergyjobs.org.

Founded in May, 2008, The American Energy Alliance (“AEA”) is a not-for-profit organization that engages in grassroots public policy advocacy and debate concerning energy and environmental policies.  AEA is the advocacy arm of the Institute for Energy Research (IER), a not-for-profit organization – founded in 1989 – that conducts intensive research and analysis on the functions, operations, and government regulation of global energy markets.

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