U.S. could be world leader in energy

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National Ocean Industries Association President Randall Luthi speaks about the challenges the oil industry is facing at the South Central Industrial Association luncheon today in Houma. Benjamin Oliver Hicks/Staff

By Aaren Gordon
Staff Writer
Published: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 7:17 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 7:17 p.m.

Louisiana’s potential to become an international leader in energy production has never been higher, National Ocean Industries Association President Randall Luthi said.

“The main objective is to increase access to offshore energy resources, 99.99 percent of which is oil and gas,” Luthi told South Central Industrial Association members at their luncheon today in Houma. “We have the ability to get more energy produced at home, more revenue at a local level and more revenue at a national level, and above all more jobs for each.”

Luthi, who heads the Washington-D.C.-based trade organization that tries to influence policymakers, said the country is at a crossroads.

“We’re at an unusual time in our nation’s history when we could make the choice to become energy sufficient, not energy independent, and certainly far more energy reliable than we have been in the past,” he said. “The United States could be a world leader in energy should they decide to do so.”

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