CEA Executive Vice President Michael Whatley discusses the loss of jobs and income that results from banning offshore energy exploration.

Pro-drilling groups have lambasted the offshore drilling reversal as a job-killer, especially from Virginia to Georgia where the federal government estimated 8 or 9 billion barrels of oil and natural gas could be sitting offshore. “You’re really prematurely taking this area off the table, because if the president had included the Atlantic in this decision there still was going to be several years down the road where that could have been reversed,” said Michael Whatley, executive vice president of the Consumer Energy Alliance. “These are high-paying jobs; these are good jobs that are all based out of the port cities.”

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