Original Press Release
Engler Calls Principles a "Welcome Break from the Usual Rhetoric"
Press release date: June 28, 2007
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 28, 2007 - The National Association of Manufacturers today voiced strong support for the Democratic Blue Dog Coalition's new comprehensive energy guidelines, calling the principles a welcome "break from the usual rhetoric."
"Forward-thinking principles like the Coalition's will go a long way toward crafting a functional domestic energy infrastructure," NAM President John Engler said. "Supporting these principles is the right course of action for our country, and will help lead the nation toward lower energy costs and a more secure energy future."
The "Blue Dog Energy Principles," which are highly consistent with the NAM's own energy and economic security plan, support domestic energy production, diversity, and technology development.
"Manufacturers understand that a healthy economy and sound energy policies go hand-in-hand," Engler said, noting that U.S. manufacturers account for a third of the nation's energy consumption. However, the U.S. is the only industrialized nation currently restricting domestic energy production.
"Rising energy prices and restricted energy development are challenging our nation's families, small business and jobs," Engler continued. "When you restrict the domestic supply, it's only logical that prices will go up. Continuing down this path is not just bad policy, it's bad economics.
"The Blue Dog Coalition understands that you have to take into account the rising demand for domestic energy and fuel diversity," Engler said. "Congress, industry and the American public want energy security - but we need to work together to achieve it."
The Blue Dog Coalition, currently comprised of 43 Democrats, was formed in 1995 as a policy-oriented group to give moderate and conservative Democrats in the House of Representatives a common sense, bridge-building voice within the institution. More information on the Coalition and it's energy principles is available at http://house.gov/ross/BlueDogs
A copy of the NAM's comprehensive energy plan is available at www.nam.org/manufacts.
The National Association of Manufacturers is the nation's largest industrial trade association, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the NAM has 11 additional offices across the country. Visit the NAM's award-winning web site at www.nam.org for more information about manufacturing and the economy.
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