Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch (both R-Idaho) joined Senate Western Caucus Chair Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyoming) to introduce 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.
“Domestic energy production is vital to our nation’s prosperity and security,” said Crapo. “I join in honoring the people who power America for their contributions that improve the quality of life here at home and around the world.”
“From our hydroelectric capabilities to the cutting edge research done at the Idaho National Lab in advanced nuclear energy, Idaho has long been a leader in clean energy generation,” said Risch. “The National Energy Appreciation Day resolution is recognition of the safe, responsible, and reliable power that fuel our everyday lives.”
“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 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.”
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.
Read a copy of the resolution here.