During an event this afternoon with employees at Vulcraft in the Town of Chemung, Congressman Tom Reed outlined how expanding use of domestic energy resources will create jobs in the United States. "Energy growth equals job growth," Reed said. "Manufacturing jobs will return to the United States if we lower energy and utility costs. The best way to lower those costs is by expanding use of domestic energy resources rather than relying on Middle East crude oil."
Reed observed that factories and manufacturers build facilities where they can buy cheaper energy. "Studies show America can be the next Saudi Arabia of energy production," he said in reference to natural gas and other domestic energy sources. "We need to use what we have been blessed with to again make America the leading manufacturer in the world. Imagine the jobs and the career opportunities we could create right here at Vulcraft and in businesses like Kennedy Valve or Anchor Glass."
The Congressman renewed his call for a national comprehensive domestic energy policy, including short and medium term use of fossil fuels shifting over to long-term use of alternatives and renewables. He is leading by working on a framework for such a national energy plan. "Effective use of our energy resources is a critical part of rebuilding our long-term economy," he said. "Greater use of domestic energy lowers costs and that means manufacturing jobs created here in the United States rather than abroad."