WASHINGTON, D.C. – White House officials have announced that President Barack Obama plans to visit Pennsylvania State University Park on Wednesday to discuss America’s energy policies and the important work of the Energy Innovation Hub.
In response to the visit, U.S. Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, R-5, of Howard has issued the following statement:
“I welcome President Obama’s planned visit to the Fifth Congressional District and his recent comments regarding American competitiveness and energy security. Pennsylvania was the birthplace of the oil industry over 150 years ago, is home to the world’s largest natural gas play, vast natural resources, and many pioneers in energy research,” Thompson said.
“The families and businesses of the Fifth District have led our country in domestic energy production through developments in Marcellus Shale natural gas, which will help power America for generations. This is one of the many reasons for the creation of Pennsylvania’s Energy Innovation Hub.”
Thompson continued, “I am hopeful during his visit that Mr. Obama will touch on the importance of domestic energy production, especially oil, coal, and natural gas – each just as critical to any credible, long-term energy plan – and what steps the Administration is taking to increase our domestic energy supply.”
Thompson was first elected to the represent Pennsylvania’s Fifth Congressional District in 2008. In the House of Representatives, Thompson currently serves on the House Natural Resources, Agriculture and Education and Labor Committees. In addition to these committee assignments,
Thompson was recently appointed Chairman of the Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy and Forestry with jurisdiction over soil, water and resource conservation, energy and bio-based energy production, rural electrification and forestry in general.