Speaker of the House John Boehner told a group at the Middletown Rotary Club on Thursday that the United States could be energy independent in as early as five years.
And Butler County’s two largest cities — Middletown and Hamilton — are at the forefront of what Boehner called an “energy boom.”
The West Chester Twp. Republican said the country is importing less oil today than in the last 40 years, and being energy independent in a few years means fewer U.S. dollars going overseas and more American jobs.
“There’s an energy boom going on in America. It’s not happening on public lands; it’s happening on private lands. It’s out in West Texas, it’s out in South Texas, it’s in North Dakota, it’s in Northeast Ohio, it’s in Pennsylvania and elsewhere as the technology to extract more oil and gas continues to get perfected,” Boehner said. “That’s going to mean lower energy costs for Americans.”
Boehner continued his swing through the district Thursday, first taking a brief tour of Kaivac Cleaning Supplies on Zimmerman Avenue in Hamilton, then speaking to a capacity crowd at the Middletown Rotary Club’s luncheon at Brown’s Run Country Club in Madison Twp.
Earlier this week Boehner paid visits to businesses in Eaton and Piqua and spoke to members of the Darke County Chamber of Commerce at a breakfast to “get an idea of what’s on people’s minds.”
SOURCE: Michael D. Pitman