A framework for advocacy

Congress and federal agencies will keep the US oil and gas industry busy over the next 4 years. Reelection of President Barack Obama extends a period of extreme regulatory pressure and will embolden members of the 113th Congress hostile to hydrocarbon energy and the industries that supply it. Proposals threatening to raise costs and impede work will emerge simultaneously from throughout the government. Industry representatives will have to address each of them. If it's to be taken seriously in this perilous environment, the industry must never appear obstructionist. This won't be easy. An industry summoned repeatedly to defend its interests inevitably seems at least defensive, never a con...

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