Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Don Young (R-AK) issued the following statement reminding House Democrats that their efforts to close ANWR to resource development is opposed by a significant number of national labor organizations in addition to trade unions:
“Sometimes bad bills make for strange bedfellows, and this remains true for the Democrat-led effort to close ANWR. Organized labor and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – who oftentimes find themselves opposing one another – have united against H.R. 1146 because they know it will destroy well-paying jobs, jeopardize long-term American energy production, and threaten thousands of American manufacturing and construction workers who depend on resource development to feed their families. I am proud to stand with labor in opposition to this disastrous legislation.
We need to develop our resources at home. In Alaska alone, the oil industry supports over 110,000 direct and indirect jobs. Washington State is home to five oil refineries that process billions of dollars of Alaska crude. Shutting down ANWR before production begins takes good jobs off the table. These jobs aren’t limited to Alaskans – people come from around the country to work on Alaska’s North Slope. I urge my Democratic friends to listen to their blue-collar constituents and stand with organized labor against H.R. 1146.”
The following trade associations and labor unions have signed a letter opposing H.R. 1146:
American Chemistry Council, American Council of Engineering Companies, American Forest & Paper Association, American Gas Association, American Iron and Steel Institute, American Petroleum Institute, American Pipeline Contractors Association, Consumer Energy Alliance, Distribution Pipeline Contractors Association, Energy Equipment and Infrastructure Alliance, Independent Petroleum Association of America, International Association of Drilling Contractors, International Association of Geophysical Contractors, Laborers’ International Union of North America, National Association of Manufacturers, National Ocean Industries Association, National Utility Contractors Association, Offshore Marine Service Association, Portland Cement Association, Power and Communications Contractors Association, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Oil and Gas Association.
Additionally, the International Union of Operating Engineers sent a letter to House Leadership opposing H.R. 1146.