I have had the privilege for many years to serve on the board of AGL Resources, the parent company of Atlanta Gas Light and several other gas utilities operating across the nation. As a director of the company, I have had a window into the increasing role of the federal government in regulating energy supply, and the impact of federal policies on the price and availability of energy.
My position has also allowed me to witness the leadership of U.S. Rep. John Barrow on energy issues. From his support of the Plant Vogtle nuclear facility, to leading a floor debate in the House of Representatives in support of the Keystone oil pipeline, to voting against “cap and trade,” Mr. Barrow has been a consistent pro-energy, pro-U.S. jobs congressman. He understands the critical importance of U.S. energy of all forms, for three primary reasons: increasing supply reduces prices for manufacturers and consumers; U.S. energy creates jobs here; and every ounce of energy produced in America is less that we must import from unfriendly nations.
Mr. Barrow understands that the Keystone oil pipeline is not simply important because of the access that it will provide to North American supply, but because that pipeline would allow us to displace the entire amount of oil that we import from Venezuela, and create thousands of jobs in the United States.
He understands that the tremendous new supply of shale gas in America is good not only for consumers nationwide because it brings down prices, but because there are hundreds of thousands of American families across the nation whose livelihoods benefit from the production of this clean domestic energy. That includes nearly 200 Georgians in Wilkinson County who manufacture products used in natural gas production.
I am grateful that my congressman understands the importance of American energy to American jobs, and that he is such a strong advocate for American energy in all forms. We would do well to have more like him in Washington.
Wyck A. Knox Jr.