San Antonio Express-News
Letter to Editor Bright future
August 13, 2012
RE: “Students rushing to careers in petroleum industry,” Front Page, Aug. 6:
The rush to fill jobs and the student interest in the oil and gas industry careers is good news for Texas.
Manufacturing is a pillar of our economy, and many of the new jobs in the petroleum industry are manufacturing jobs from the Eagle Ford Shale to the Permian Basin. To ensure that bright, positive trend continues, our state leaders should be mindful of the need for a strong economic climate, affordable, reliable energy, and a predictable regulatory framework. All are key components of sustained job creation. We also must recognize that our education system should be flexible and meet the wide range of skills necessary in today's workforce.
Texas manufacturers need fair, stable taxation, a qualified workforce and access to reliable, affordable electricity. Let's encourage the continued job creation associated with a strong domestic energy and manufacturing sector.
Chairman of the Texas Association of Manufacturers