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APCA Holds 39th Annual Convention
Another Record Turnout in San Juan
Harper feels natural gas, as the cleanest fossil fuel, has tremendous potential. He remarked about the “Clean Coal” commercials during the winter Olympics, a product “that doesn’t exist….gas is 30 percent cleaner than coal or oil.” Domestic supply projections are now at 100 years. Regulatory bills so far have ignored natural gas, instead focusing on credits to coal-fired plants. Harper said that the industry has its work cut out trying to change this, and the formation of America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) by the producers is a huge first step.
He concluded by saying uncertainty in the market and regulatory arena is the biggest problem facing the industry today. No one yet knows how things will shake out, but Harper sees natural gas as the long-term solution to our energy needs.
Stuart Varney of Fox Business News was the guest speaker. He was preceded by
Pat Simpson, outgoing president, who gave a stirring address at the annual banquet.
“I hope all the members share my belief that the information taken away from these meetings, and the support from fellow like-minded contractors, is invaluable,” Simpson stressed. “In addition, the APCA’s support for the Center for a Democratic Workplace (CDW) in fighting the Employee Free Choice Act has been an incredibly useful tool in our fight against the forces of socialism fighting to take away the right of every citizen to choose the type of workplace they wish to be a part of, because in the end, that’s really at the heart of why this association was founded in the first place.
“While the nature of our conventions has evolved into a wonderful social gathering among friends and associates, the purpose for its existence has not changed. As a matter of fact, in the last 38 years since this organization was founded, the adversary that we face has not retreated, nor grown weaker, only the tactics have changed, and since the Democrats took congress in 2006 and the White House in 2008, their allies are more powerful,” Simpson pointed out.
“As we go forward into 2010 and beyond, there is a dark, ominous force gathering that we all have a duty to learn about and defend against, because if it is allowed to continue to take root, if it is allowed to grow, it’s going to destroy the very fabric that has made this country unique in all of human history.