Engaged On Energy


Welcome to this week’s Engaged on Energy! I’m Rick Whitbeck, and this week, let’s talk oil and gas, and the incredible impact that industry has on our states in Alaska and Wyoming.


According to the Petroleum Association of Wyoming, 68,500 jobs across the Cowboy State can be attributed to oil and gas development, which represents just over 15% of the overall workforce. Those jobs bring over 1.5 billion dollars of income to Wyoming families, and allow for communities across the state to thrive, not just survive.


In Alaska, studies show that over one-quarter of all jobs in Alaska’s private sector are directly or indirectly supported by the oil and gas industry’s efforts across the Great Land.


Think of the dramatic changes that would come to both of our states should the environmental lobby get its way, and oil and gas development was relegated to the history books; replaced as an energy source by so-called ‘green’ solutions such as solar, wind and tidal? Over 100 thousand families would be impacted, not to mention the billions of dollars of local and state revenues that would disappear. How would we replace those?


Oil and gas companies also are leaders in our states’ charitable giving communities. Whether social service or educational in nature, nearly every non-profit board of directors in Alaska has multiple representatives from resource development companies. Look at the largest charitable foundations and their donors; they’re filled with familiar names from oil and gas companies. From top leaders on down, the spirit of giving is alive and well in our resource businesses.


Oil and gas helps drive Wyoming and Alaska. The jobs and overall impacts are incredibly important to our states. Let’s celebrate them as we move forward in 2022.


That’ll do it for this week’s Engaged on Energy. Drop me an email at Rick@PowerTheFuture.com with comments or suggestions for a future segment. Thanks for watching, and have a fantastic, energy-filled week, everyone.