While U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., is making wind-power tax credits a centerpiece of his energy policy, the American Petroleum Institute (API) has a broader message for him on jobs and the economy.
“Sen. Mark Udall can make energy a big part of improving our economy,” states a recent video. “He can choose economic growth and American jobs, not slow them with job-killing energy taxes. Let’s take advantage of America’s energy resources to power growth. American energy, not higher taxes on energy, will create jobs. Let’s get to work.”
Similar videos from API, available via YouTube on The Energy Channel, call out out Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., Mark Pryor, D-Ark., Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Kay Hagan, D-N.C.
All five of those Senates seats are up in 2014, along with many others.
Bloomberg News reported last week that API “will broadcast commercials in the Washington area and in select states warning against higher taxes on producers,” particularly given the ongoing fiscal-cliff negotiations.
The videos, as well the Energy Tomorrow website, are affiliated with API, which describes itself as a “national trade association that represents all aspects of America’s oil and natural gas industry—an industry which supports 9.2 million American jobs and 7.7 percent of the U.S. economy.”
In addition, National Journal reported…
“API also launched two ads supporting a pair of oil-state Democrats who have typically voted to preserve the industry’s tax breaks: Sens. Mark Begich of Alaska and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana. They are also up for reelection in 2014.”