Two offshore oil rigs during sunset

Kaitlin Schmidtke, CEA’s Gulf Coast Executive Director, examines the necessity of energy production in the Gulf of Mexico and the 20,000 jobs it supports in Mississippi.

To understand the Gulf’s importance, consider this: It provides roughly 20% of the nation’s oil and gas, and holds nearly undiscovered reserves of 45 billion barrels of oil and 130 trillion cubic feet of gas in areas now open for production. That oil alone, if used to generate electricity, is enough to power all 128.5 million households in the U.S. for more than two years, based on Energy Information Administration data – and do lots more, too.

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