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September 2014

Jefferson Journal:  Ocean Drilling Makes Good Sense
Jefferson Journal: Ocean Drilling Makes Good Sense — The economic benefits from drilling off Virginia's coast for natural gas and oil far exceed the cost of possible environmental impacts.  That's the conclusion of a new study by the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy and this commentary by Institute President Mike Thompson.  Read It Here!

September 2014

Virginia Off-shore Oil and Gas Production Would Create 32,000 jobs; $119 Million in New Tax Revenue
Virginia Off-shore Oil and Gas Production Would Create 32,000 jobs; $119 Million in New Tax Revenue — Developing Virginia's off-shore gas and oil production would result in up to 32,000 new jobs and produce up to $526 million in royalty payments and $119 million in state and local tax revenue.  That's the conclusion of a new study released conducted by Dr. Timothy J. Considine, Distinguished Professor of Energy Economics at the University of Wyoming's School of Energy Resources, which looked at the financial impact of off-shore oil and gas production along the Atlantic seaborard.  A companion paper, written by Jefferson Institute chairmand and president Michael J. Thompson, used Considine's data to focus on Virginia's potential

Read the Virginia Study Here!

Read the Atlantic Regional Study Here!

March 2014

Institute Urges Support for Approval of Keystone Pipline
Institute Urges Support for Approval of Keystone Pipline — Noting that the Keystone Pipeline decision is coming down to the wire, Thomas Jefferson Institute President Michael Thompson has written the Institute's supporters urging their action in support of the Keystone Pipeline.  "Either the US gets this needed oil or it will be shipped to China," Thompson noted.  "Your action today can help convince Secretary John Kerry and President Barack Obama to approve this necessary project and get the jobs and energy we need as soon as possible.

 

"Building Keystone is an economic growth issues supported by a broad array of Americans -- Democrats, Republicans, Independents, union members and business leaders," Thompson concluded.  The oil in Canada is either going to the United States or China.  For the sake of our own energy security, let's make certain it comes here."

 

Thompson urged the Institute's friends to send a letter by March 7 to the State Department expressing support for the Keystone Pipeline.  A draft of a sample letter can be found here.  Additional information about the proposal and where to email letters of support can be found here.  Supporters can also sign up in favor of Keystone by clicking here.

 

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