Energy group plans job rallies in September

WASHINGTON: The American Petroleum Institute intends to hold rallies in five states to fight proposed legislation it says could hinder economic and job growth in the energy industry.

WASHINGTON: The American Petroleum Institute intends to hold rallies in five states to fight proposed legislation it says could hinder economic and job growth in the energy industry.

The trade association announced the “Rally for Jobs” campaign August 17 with the launch of a microsite.

As part of the campaign, the trade body will partner with local organizations and business groups for the rallies, which will be held in Texas, Colorado, Ohio, Illinois, and New Mexico, in September, said Bill Bush, the institute's communications advisor.

“Our feeling is energy is the big issue and economic recovery is the big issue,” said Bush.

Prior to the August recess, the House of Representatives passed a bill that calls for the removal of the $75 million liability cap for oil companies, an overhaul of drilling regulations, and changes in energy taxes. The vote on the Senate's version of the bill was delayed until September.

“From an energy perspective, we don't think enough is being done by the government to approach these challenges,” said Bush.

Although the group held a series of citizen's rallies in 2009, Bush noted that messaging then was focused less on the issue of jobs and more on general issues affecting the oil and energy industry.

The trade group is promoting the campaign on its “Energy Tomorrow” blog and Twitter feed.

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