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Penn Governor Corbett Agrees, Energy Equals Jobs

22 Jan 2014

Paul J. Gough | Pittsburgh Business Times

Gov. Tom Corbett's 73-page energy plan released Tuesday proclaims an "all of the above - and below" strategy that ties the industry to jobs growth.

"Energy = Jobs" was released Tuesday during an appearance at the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, a booming center of Marcellus Shale drilling in the eastern part of the commonwealth.

The report lays out a broad overview for coal, solar, biomass, wind, nuclear and oil and natural gas. It said 240,000 residents work in the oil and gas industry with wages much higher than the state's average and with an expected $14 billion pumped into the economy by 2020.

"Our 'all of the above' energy policy is reinforced by four core concepts to guide our support of energy source development: free markets; independence and security; abundant, affordable and domestic; and environmental enhancement," the report said.

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