Jenkins, Pompeo warn of 'attack' on fossil fuel industry

By Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press

Kansas oil and gas producers listened to dire warnings Monday about their industry's future from two House members during their convention in Wichita.


WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas oil and gas producers listened to dire warnings Monday about their industry's future from two House members during their convention in Wichita.

U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins told the Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association that there is still an assault on the industry by President Barack Obama's administration ranging from a regulatory environment to tax proposals. She claims the administration wants to put them out of business.

U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo recounted the coal industry's problems, and told oil and gas producers they should know they are next. He called it a "full-scale assault" by the environmental left on the fossil fuel industry.

The Kansas delegation has been a staple fixture at the industry's annual meeting, but only Pompeo and Jenkins participated in the legislative panel this year. All four Kansas House seats are up for election, along with the seat held by U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran.

Jenkins echoed assessments that the polls show it "dicey" for the GOP keeping the majority in the Senate in this election, but said Republicans believe that can hang on to the House. The Kansas Republican acknowledged people have a "tough choice" at the ballot box with GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, but she urged them to remember the next president is going to determine the direction of the U.S. Supreme Court.

But at his turn, Pompeo said he did not think it was a tough choice at all.

"I don't begrudge Mr. Trump's victory. He won fair and square, and he addressed some concerns that are very, very real," Pompeo said. "And so if we are looking for solutions, and we think maybe Mr. Trump's solutions aren't perfect, we should not denigrate the concerns that have been raised by the people who were with him from the very beginning."

He cited public concerns such as wage stagnation and protection of America's border.

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