Raymond J. Keating
Chief Economist, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council)
"Looking ahead, huge opportunities for US entrepreneurs, businesses and workers can be found in the international marketplace. That is, business and employment growth related to domestic energy production can be expanded further through natural gas (via liquefied natural gas, or LNG) exports, as well as crude oil exports, to meet growing global energy demands... If the president is serious about getting the US economy and job creation moving, and about the US being a true global energy leader, he can work with the new Congress to end the 1970s-era ban on crude oil exports, and to dramatically streamline the long, bureaucratic process of getting LNG export facilities approved. Such policy steps make economic sense, and would be good news for America's entrepreneurs and small businesses that work in, support and benefit from the domestic energy sector."