Upton, Local Business Leaders Meet to Discuss Impact of Rising Gas Prices
This morning, Congressman Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) met with Kalamazoo-area business leaders and the Kalamazoo Regional Chamber of Commerce to discuss the impact of high energy prices on the local economy and area job creators, as well as the need to adopt a long-term national energy policy. Upton, who serves as Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has championed an “all of the above” energy strategy that puts an emphasis on North American energy production to meet our nation’s future energy needs and lessen our dependence on overseas suppliers.
What Local Job Creators Are Saying:
Steven Duisterhof, Gordon Water Systems
“Our nation’s current policy of little to no domestic energy development is hurting our working families the most. They are the ones paying the highest costs, and in turn it is hurting local small business. This unwillingness to develop North American energy is disproportionately harming the lower-income citizens of this country – the negligence is borderline unethical. It’s just flat out wrong.”
Luke and Michael Miller, Miller Energy Company
“As a fourth generation, family-owned, independent oil and natural gas company, Miller Energy and its 12 employees understand the burden higher gasoline prices place on small businesses. We recognize that high oil prices are primarily the result of supply and demand issues combined with geopolitical tensions. Part of the solution to stabilize prices is to create a national energy policy that encourages businesses like Miller Energy to provide more American oil and natural gas supplies to the marketplace. It is in our nation’s best interest to find new supplies of oil and natural gas across America. This will not only provide energy for our future, but also create thousands of jobs here at home.”
David Rhoa, Lake Michigan Mailers, Inc.
“We have a plan designed to help us manage the rising cost of fuel. Our customers did not ask us to develop this blueprint. We developed this plan because our customers expect us to provide them with cost-effective service regardless of the price at the pump. They have every right to expect that we would have such a strategy. Like our customers, the American people have every right to expect that their President will champion a national energy strategy that is comprehensive, cognizant of current economic realities, and viable in both the near term and long term.”
Aaron Zeigler, Harold Zeigler Auto Group
“As the economy is starting to gain steam again the major factor that could de-rail prosperity in the future is out of control gas prices. As gas prices rise, our costs rise and our suppliers’ cost rise and eventually the tremendous burden of cost is placed on Michigan families who are only now just beginning to recover from 38 months of double-digit unemployment. The solution is very simple. Expand energy production here at home with our vast resources and move forward with the proposed Keystone XL pipeline which would create an historic opportunity to increase our access to secure oil supplies.”