In addition to leading the charge on export projects, Murkowski and Landrieu also are staunch supporters of a diverse portfolio of energy strategies, including policies that would support energy efficiency and renewable technology. Landrieu has a clear track record of encouraging development of alternative fuels and electric cars to reduce pollution. Similarly, Murkowski has been on the forefront of the climate change debate stating that Americans “should use the ingenuity and the smarts that we have as an amazing country and use that to develop technologies that not only help the United States but help the world.”
The 4.7 million businesswomen across the country that our coalition represents believe we can help secure the nation’s economic future through sound energy policies. We agree with Landrieu and Murkowski that exporting energy must be a key part of that future. Our coalition’s Women Business Owner’s Platform for Growth blueprint highlights the need for the federal government to develop a comprehensive energy plan utilizing both domestic and alternative resources.
Landrieu and Murkowski are poised to lead us into a new era of bipartisan collaboration and to form an inclusive energy agenda that will improve the nation’s security and get our economy moving again. This energy legacy will surely prove to be the most lasting part of what is already an historic collaboration.
Barbara Kasoff is president, CEO and co-founder of Women Impacting Public Policy, Inc.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.