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SPEAKER: Congressman Marsha Blackburn
U.S. Congressman for the 7th District of Tennessee
Vice Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee
TIME: 1 – 2pm, Monday 16 February 2015
VENUE: Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House, House of Commons, London SW1A 2LW
The energy landscape of the United States, and the world, is changing. U.S. crude oil inventory levels are surging to their highest on record week on week, while new methods of oil extraction are unlocking previously untapped reserves. As a result of this, as well as sanctions on Russia and Iran, events in the Middle East, and the scaling up of alternative energy sources, the price of oil has dropped to as low as $50, and the International Energy Agency is predicting that for the rest of 2015, prices will be averaging at $55 per barrel.
These developments have also changed the policy discourse, and yesterday the United States House Energy and Commerce Committee released a framework document by the name of The Architecture of Abundance which recommends leveraging the American ‘energy revolution’ by using it as a diplomatic tool to advance the country’s foreign policy goals and benefit its allies abroad. There are of course issues not explored at length in the framework – the environmental impact of more extraction, climate change and use of ‘clean energy’ resources – but one thing is clear: all Western nations will need to fundamentally reconsider their energy agenda in the coming years, and the direction that the United States will take has the capacity to affect, and perhaps inspire, the rest of the international community.
By kind invitation of Henry Smith MP, The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to a meeting with U.S. Congressman Marsha Blackburn, Congressman for the 7th District of Tennessee and Vice Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Congressman Blackburn will expand upon the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s vision for the United States’ energy policy in light of the new energy reality. She will also offer her thoughts on what this means for the U.S. allies in foreign policy, and whether the strategy offered by the Committee could hold lessons for other nations as well.
Marsha Blackburn is the U.S. Congressman for the 7th District of Tennessee and Vice Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
She began her elected service career in 1998 as a Tennessee State Senator. While serving in the Tennessee Senate, Blackburn led a state-wide grassroots campaign to defeat a proposed state income tax, earning the reputation as a champion of anti-tax and government reform issues.
Blackburn’s reputation for focusing on individual freedom and free enterprise boosted her from the Tennessee Senate to the U.S. House of Representatives. Blackburn was first elected to represent Tennessee’s 7th Congressional District in 2002. In 2007 Blackburn received the Conservative Leadership Award from the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute, and she has been named a Taxpayer Hero by Americans for Tax Reform each year she has served in Congress.
She has served on the majority and minority whip teams since her election in 2002, and holds a seat on the vital Energy and Commerce Committee which has jurisdiction over health care, energy regulation, and telecommunications issues. She serves on the House Budget Committee and is a founding member of the Republican Women’s Policy Committee.