Statement on President Obama’s Planned Visit to Penn State University

Jan 28, 2011 Issues: Energy

Washington, D.C. – Today, the White House announced that President Obama plans to visit Pennsylvania State University Park on Wednesday, February 2nd, to discuss America’s energy policies and the important work of the Energy Innovation Hub.  In response to the visit, Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-5), issued the following statement: 

"I welcome President Obama’s planned visit to the Fifth Congressional District and his recent comments regarding American competitiveness and energy security. Pennsylvania was the birthplace of the oil industry over 150 years ago, is home to the world’s largest natural gas play, vast natural resources, and many pioneers in energy research. The families and businesses of the Fifth District have lead our country in domestic energy production through developments in Marcellus Shale natural gas, which will help power America for generations. This is one of the many reasons for the creation of Pennsylvania’s Energy Innovation Hub. I am hopeful during his visit that Mr. Obama will touch on the importance of domestic energy production, especially oil, coal, and natural gas – each just as critical to any credible, long-term energy plan – and what steps the Administration is taking to increase our domestic energy supply.”

Congressman Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson was first elected to the represent Pennsylvania’s Fifth Congressional District in 2008.  In the House of Representatives, Thompson currently serves on the House Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Education and Labor Committees.  In addition to these committee assignments, Thompson was recently appointed Chairman of the Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy & Forestry with jurisdiction over over soil, water, and resource conservation, energy and bio-based energy production, rural electrification and forestry in general.