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Booming Energy Sector Pushing for More Minority Employment

Can an industry that faces resistance in some parts of Washington build out a more diverse workforce?

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Rodrigo Sermeño

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April 19, 2014 - 5:46 pm
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WASHINGTON – Energy industry representatives urged members of Congress to promote and educate women and minorities on the new job opportunities being created in the United States due to the ongoing boom in the energy sector.

According to a report by IHS Global, opportunities in the oil, gas, and petrochemicals industries are projected to grow over the next 20 years, driven by capital investment projects and job replacements for retiring baby boomers.

The report projects a total of nearly 1.3 million job opportunities over the 2010-2030 period.

Almost half of these jobs are occupations classified as skilled and semi-skilled blue-collar occupations, benefiting workers with a high school diploma and some post-secondary education. About one-fourth of the jobs would be in scientific and managerial positions.

African-Americans and Latinos will account for nearly one-third of these jobs in 2030. IHS also projected that African-American and Hispanic workers could make up nearly 20 percent of the management, business and financial job opportunities.

African-American and Latino workers accounted for 8 percent and 15 percent of total employment in the oil, gas, and petrochemical sectors in 2010, respectively.

Women accounted for 19 percent of jobs in the industry in 2010 and filled nearly one-third of the jobs added in the exploration and production of oil and natural gas segment during the first quarter of 2013. The report estimates that by 2030 the industry could add 185,000 more women to its ranks.

“Everyone can benefit from the expanded development of America’s energy and mineral resources and Congress should continue to advance policies that promote an all-of-the-above energy strategy for our nation,” Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources Chairman Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) said at a hearing recently.

Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.) said that the report, which was financed by the American Petroleum Institute, was just an advocacy piece for more drilling and argued that “more drilling would create more jobs and some of those jobs would go to minorities and women.”

“The largest job numbers in the report require a future where we’ve allowed new offshore drilling in the Atlantic and the Pacific, where we’ve removed restrictions on drilling in the lower 48…and it’s premised on opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge,” Holt said. “This looks like the same argument we’ve heard in other guises over and over again in this committee room. But this time is in the guise of focusing on certain demographics.”

Holt suggested that Congress should focus on how to get more diversity in the energy sector, particularly in managerial and professional positions.

Lynne Hackedorn, vice president of government and public affairs at Cobalt International Energy, told the panel it is very important for the nation to encourage young people, including women and minorities, to consider careers in the energy sector because of the stable and well-paid opportunities it offers.

Because of technological innovations in deep-water exploration and the new access to such areas in recent years, many jobs have been created in the last 10 years, which is often overlooked in the debate surrounding the energy industry, Hackedorn said.

Many of the panelists shared their stories of success in the energy sector and the challenges they faced as women and minorities.

Hackedorn started her career as a secretary for an oil and gas company. After completing a college degree, she worked as an onshore and offshore landman before climbing at Cobalt from secretary to vice president.

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Why do these private companies need Congress to create these "training initiatives"? Seems to me that if these energy companies are all fired up to hire minorities THEY can do it. The reverse is true as well. If the minorities are willing to do the rough work that is required, they could and should step up and apply for these jobs.
Everybody seems to be looking for the "other guy" to make a move. Why does it require an act of Congress?
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“We must do more to open up the energy industry to women and minorities.” Lawal said. “There can be no true global or U.S. economic progress without diversity and sincere inclusiveness.”

Mindless leftist statist control freak PC drivel. The Chinese will eat our lunch.

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"Energy industry representatives urged members of Congress to promote and educate women and minorities on the new job opportunities being created in the United States due to the ongoing boom in the energy sector."

So they all think they are too damned stupid to figure anything, no matter how simple, out for themselves? And when coming "diversity goals" aren't met, here comes more "affirmative action" mandates.

"African-Americans and Latinos will account for nearly one-third of these jobs in 2030. IHS also projected that African-American and Hispanic workers could make up nearly 20 percent of the management, business and financial job opportunities."

And anything less will be declared racism by Al Sharpton. I can almost hear it now.

Idiots.
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Everybody keeps falling for it.

'“The theory goes like this,” Garrett wrote. “Controversy sparks attention, attention provokes conversation ... “Facts, schmacts. As long as people are talking about an issue where my party has an advantage with voters, it’s good.”'
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/376128/increasing-desperation-democrats-john-fund
31 weeks ago
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Obama is not helping minorities/women by refusing to allow the Keystone XL pipeline into the U>S> but the media articles state he is helping his base.
What are his liberal supporters thinking with this contrary way of thinking.
31 weeks ago
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Create jobs, hire qualified Americans, if not enough available there are PETITIONING LEGAL IMMIGRANTS many with advanced degrees.

Do this and it will "solve" a non-existent problem. If "women and minorities" includes Asians, Israelis, Filipinos, Ethiopians, Cubans who actually do stupendously here...it will continue to "set the example" for how to avoid the Entitlement Quicksand and actually thrive in America.

The simpering worldview of permanent victimhood is the real obstacle to employment, not phony hiring statistics. Put down the Hiring Hoax flag and get off the leftist ward of the state plantation.

Stop letting Demostatists chew your food for you. Don't talk about pride, exhibit it.

You will find real American countrymen will have your back every time, if you have theirs as well.
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What a crock of BS.

The oil and gas industry was promoting women and minorities, without qualifications, in the early 70's when I had to quit in order to get a earned promotion.

I earned the promotion by working 168 hour weeks; doing quality and profit making work and supervision, while the woman, called in sick frequently; screwed up everything she was assigned and kept getting promoted beyond her capabilities.

The excuse given was "Well, maybe she won't screw this up."

This still goes on today.

People with a work ethic, honesty, cognitive skills, ethics, and a record of profit making performance sometimes will find work and sometimes will even be promoted before "PC" idiots; in any business. Including the oil field.

The women and minorities one finds are usually clustered in the "non-hard work" departments, ie.. HR,PR,Diversity, and/or "affairs" departments; where they can do the least amount of damage to the bottom line.
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Yep!

My Dad told me an incident from 70's when the Women's Lib movement was in it's infancy.

He and his colleagues were brought into their conference room where a woman apparently almost immediately began belittling them. With terms such as, 'You're the reason why your wives..' and 'You may not know it but you're the enemy..' type of B S.

Quite disgusting.

My Mom and Dad met at IBM in the 1950's and when she'd become pregnant with their eldest she like many women at that time WANTED to be at home to raise their child(ren).
31 weeks ago
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Yet more open anti-White racism.

And this is good because?
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"Diversity." Mm Kay.

My own "I have been burned by A/A" story is three-ish decades ago. Fresh out of the Army, with 8 years solid electronics experience behind me (and having just been rated as a Disabled Veteran as well). I called to apply for a job with our MBTA here, and I had every ticket punched for the job.

Not so, says the guy I got on the phone at their Human Resources department, unless I was, among other things, a "Protected Minority."
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Yeah that's terrible.

I too had an incident of agism..!

I applied to a gig in Hawaii where my qualifications, experience, education and I know interview went quite well.

Though the interviewees said this position was for the more established amongst us.

I was barely into my 30's and the position was a meteorological one. And I KNEW what they were referring to.

The position required little-no difficulty meteorologically forecasting-wise and very few flight briefing needs so the gig is for people pushing or well into their golden years.

Humble pie.

Gotta keep on keepin' on.

Happy Easter (if applicable).
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Why is it so roundly accepted that "diversity" is a strength by government and academia, the conclusion never to be questioned? What empirical evidence has shown this to be true when measuring productivity - especially capitalism?

Diversity appears to be favored code akin to compliance of forced integration under the guise of nicer name. And after first hand experience in the public schools of forced integration in the 70s, it was my experience that diversity being far more correlated with inefficiencies than anything of higher productivity and better result.

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The 'minority' meme is so ridiculous, short sighted and proven to be an overwhelming failure this day and age.

Where 1 may be a 'minority' in this city/ county and minutes later be the majority. The entire construct is asinine.

All the more so when the African continent has tens of millions of Anglos.

Heck there's millions of South American gingers, blondes etc., as well.

Or the countless dark skinned Southern Europeans..

You know what I'd consider a 'diverse workplace'?

EVERY SINGLE employee of a mid-sized company is hired for their excellent educational/ work experience alone.

Their gender, melanin, s exual preference is of NO consequence.

Yeah 'crazy talk' for 1 of if not thee most powerful Western nation(s) worldwide wanting the best and brightest..
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Why do these private companies need Congress to create these "training initiatives"? Seems to me that if these energy companies are all fired up to hire minorities THEY can do it. The reverse is true as well. If the minorities are willing to do the rough work that is required, they could and should step up and apply for these jobs.
Everybody seems to be looking for the "other guy" to make a move. Why does it require an act of Congress?
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Because many of these jobs require extensive and expensive post secondary education for workers and are typically not on the horizon for kids in high school or even thereafter. In my particular field to attain the highest level certifications and licensing cost $20K+ much of it not eligible for student loans or assistance and many of the smaller companies simply can not afford the very expensive training facilities and personnel. For example at my company the trainers make over $100k not to mention the facilities etc. and we are talking about WAY more than a couple of empty conference rooms.
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I keep seeing people projecting tons of retiring Baby Boomers with resultant job openings, but as far as I know, this simply is not happening. I don't think that age 65 is quite the death knell to Boomers as perhaps it used to be, and given both the recent real estate bust and the state of the economy I'm thinking that lots of Boomers may elect to stay in the job force. My company is in the process of hiring a healthcare expert who was forced out of his job in his current company because of his age. In other words, he's an old white man, and that job will NOT be going to some Affirmative Action youthful statistic.
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