Beyond that, it is misleading to label the business deductions that energy companies employ as handouts or subsidies, as many of the industry’s critics have done. These deductions and other accounting measures are no different than those used by Americans around the country. More than that, they are incentives — not special breaks — to continue advancements in research and development for alternative and innovative energy solutions.
In the end, it is not only unfair to single out the energy sector in this way. It is also unwise, potentially undermining the continued growth of an industry that promises to deliver new, high-paying jobs where they are desperately needed, including the African-American and Latino communities.
Rather than leveling attacks on this important industry, our leaders should look for ways to support it as it improves the fortunes of low- and middle-income Americans, while reducing our dependence on foreign oil and shrinking our national debt.
John Burnett is a former candidate for New York City comptroller and a resident of Harlem, N.Y.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.