Manufacturing a Stronger America

A robust manufacturing sector has been a key component of the American economic recovery in recent years. A closer examination of the recovery demonstrates that affordable and reliable shale energy has been vital to this economic progress.

The importance of shale energy on American manufacturing was explained by Bryan Iams of PPG Industries in a recent article in The Hill. Iams writes that "now, more than ever, manufacturing is making important contributions to our economy.” American "manufacturing accounts for more than 17 million, well-paying American jobs, and output has increased by 18 percent since the official end of the recession in 2009. For the first time, manufacturing contributes more than $2 trillion to the U.S. economy, 12.5 percent of America’s gross domestic product."

Iams explains that a key reason for the healthy state of American manufacturing is the "availability of affordable energy," and he notes that "plentiful, affordable natural gas is benefiting U.S. manufacturing" as "exports of manufactured products have risen 6 percent since the start of America’s shale-gas production boom."

Arthur Herman of Commentary observed that this "positive impact on U.S. manufacturing" was especially strong in "petrochemical and plastics firms that have cashed in on lower natural-gas and oil prices and the increasingly abundant supply." Herman notes that "from 2010 to 2012, energy-intensive manufacturers added 196,000 jobs as Rust Belt cities such as Lansing, Michigan, and Gary, Indiana, have been revived by cheaper, more abundant energy."

Shale energy has helped American manufacturing weather the economic turmoil of the last decade and emerge on firm footing. Shale energy is fundamental to our economy, and we must stand ready to fight for this vital economic sector, for the good of North Texas and the entire country. 

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