NOIA criticises State of the Union addressNews // January 22, 2015
The National Ocean industries Association's (NOIA's) President Randall Luthi issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Address:
“While the President highlighted America’s energy renaissance in his address to Congress tonight, he failed to note that the increase in the supply of American-made energy is occurring on state and private lands, not the federal lands under his control.
"The President was certainly right about one thing: low energy costs and gas prices have given American families and small businesses relief and have contributed to the recovering economy; however, the increased supply of oil and natural gas and lower energy costs have occurred in spite of, not because of, the Administration’s energy policies.
“The President and his Administration have a prime opportunity in the coming months to take positive action to support a true all-of-the-above energy strategy that strengthens America’s economy, creates thousands of new jobs, and enhances our energy and national security.
"This opportunity lies within the next Five-Year Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) leasing program. More than 85 per cent of the OCS remains shuttered to exploration and development, including the entire Atlantic Coast, Pacific Coast, and the Eastern Gulf of Mexico.
"Changing the current policy to one that would open new areas of the OCS would be a positive step in the right direction toward a truly all-of-the-above energy approach that recognizes the opportunity in developing all offshore energy resources, including oil, natural gas and wind.
"In fact, another good American story is the progress toward harnessing the potential of offshore wind power, particularly in the Atlantic. NOIA supports all offshore energy sources, but it only makes sense for the Administration to devote similar efforts toward moving forward on offshore oil and natural gas leasing in new areas as well.
“Other nations, including Canada, Cuba, Mexico, Norway, Greenland, Brazil and Ghana, have recognized these opportunities and are exploring new offshore areas.
"A recent study shows that by opening the Atlantic, Pacific, and Eastern Gulf of Mexico, America could, by 2035, create more than 838,000 jobs annually, spur nearly US$449 billion in new private sector spending, generate more than US$200 billion in new revenue for the government, contribute more than US$70 billion per year to the US economy, and add more than 3.5 million barrels of oil equivalent per day to domestic energy production.
“As the President knows, this issue is not a partisan one. Congressional Democrats and Republicans and the vast majority of the American public have stated their support for the safe exploration and production of America’s offshore energy resources.
"We have an opportunity to leave future generations with a stronger economy and strengthened national and energy security for decades to come, and NOIA urges the President to help put America on this course by putting forward a five-year OCS leasing programme that opens new offshore areas for energy exploration and development.”