World Energy Market Fluctuations impact US economy.
Press Release Summary:
December 19, 2007 - Following Labor Department report that consumer prices increased 0.8% in November, NAM's Chief Economist, David Huether reiterated need for energy bill that increases access to domestic supplies. Inflationary factors will likely have dampening effect on consumer spending this quarter, another sign that economy is slowing. Data also reinforced NAM's belief that affordable and reliable domestic energy supply is essential to long-term health of U.S. economy.
Original Press Release
Fluctuations in World Energy Market have Significant Impact on U.S. Economy
Press release date: December 14, 2007
Today's report testifies to the fact that fluctuations in the world energy market can have a significant impact on the U.S. economy - the rise in consumer prices is largely the result of the surging cost of energy. These inflationary factors will likely have a dampening effect on consumer spending this quarter, another sign that the economy is slowing.
The data also reinforce the NAM's belief that an affordable and reliable domestic energy supply is essential to the long-term health of the U.S. economy. Next year, Congress should focus on legislation to increase energy supply in order to reduce costs for American consumers.
Outside of energy, prices rose a much milder 0.3 percent, which is only slightly faster than increases during the prior six months.
I do not believe that core inflationary pressures are a significant concern at this point, which should give the Federal Reserve room to make additional rate cuts in the New Year.
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