Energy Workforce & Technology Council hosted a briefing in mid-November for Member Companies on the outcomes and opportunities resulting from the 2022 midterm elections. The event featured expert panelists Wells Griffith, FTI Consulting, Jamie Tucker, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, and Mark P. Jones, Rice University, Baker Institute, for the hour-long event. Energy Workforce SVP Government Affairs Tim Tarpley moderated an engaging discussion on the implications of the shifts in power, and what may be in store for the energy industry over the next two years.
Throughout the discussion, Jones highlighted the Democrat’s priorities in regards to energy transition and how the change in Congressional leadership, and the current energy crisis, might affect the speed and force in which Democrats push the transition away from oil and gas. In the discussion about potential impacts of any ESG and other climate disclosure regulations, Griffith noted the results of the election might be used by the Biden Administration to justify a double-down of their climate and energy agenda.
In response to a question from a Member Company participant, Tucker discussed how the Texas delegation had been specifically impacted by the midterm elections. Tucker noted the retirement of Rep. Kevin Brady from the House Ways and Means Committee might impact the sector, and the importance of where Texas representatives are placed in the House committee structure.
The Energy Workforce Government Affairs team will continue to engage and educate the newly and returning elected officials on the importance of the energy services and technology sector. Member Companies wishing to engage directly with elected officials can register for the Washington, DC Fly-In in February.
If your company is interested in joining the Government Affairs Committee, contact SVP Government Affairs & Counsel Tim Tarpley.
Deidre Almstead Kohlrus, Director Government Affairs, writes about industry-specific policies for the Energy Workforce & Technology Council. Click here to subscribe to the Energy Workforce newsletter, which highlights sector-specific issues, best practices, activities and more.