WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), and 10 Republican colleagues introduced a resolution to designate October 4, 2023, as National Energy Appreciation Day to celebrate the men and women who work to power the United States.
“Over 140,000 Louisianans work in the energy sector each day,” said Dr. Cassidy. “These men and women are the reason we have gas to put in our cars and electricity to turn on our lights. Thank you for all you do to power the American economy!”
“Every single day Wyoming energy producers work tirelessly to power our nation, and I am introducing this resolution to show the energy industry how much I appreciate everything they do to make our country a better place,” said Senator Lummis. “As this administration continues to put our domestic energy producers on the backburner with its war on American energy, it is essential that we pause to recognize and celebrate their invaluable contributions to our daily lives that we so often take for granted.”
Cassidy and Lummis were joined by U.S. Senators John Barrasso (R-WY), Jim Risch (R-ID), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Pete Ricketts (R-NE), John Hoeven (R-ND), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), James Lankford (R-OK), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Kevin Cramer (R-ND) in introducing the resolution.
American energy plays an integral role in keeping energy affordable, reliable and efficient while also supporting economic growth and creating upward mobility. Not only have domestic energy advancements greatly reduced emissions, but widespread access to energy has more than doubled life expectancy and reduced the percentage of people living in poverty to less than 10%.
The American energy industry accounts for more than seven million jobs and ultimately supports more than ten million jobs across the United States.
Federal oil and natural gas leases for offshore development brought in more than $22 billion for the federal government in 2022, and the U.S. oil and natural gas industry generates nearly $1.8 billion in gross domestic product annually.