Energy production and jobs

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) on Tuesday took the first step in a conversation she hopes will rattle the cages of lawmakers and the administration moving forward, coming out in favor of lifting a decades-old ban on crude oil exports.

And she thinks President Obama should address the issue in his State of the Union address this year.

“Think about the impact on this economy of energy production and jobs, that is where the action has been,” Murkowski said to reporters on Tuesday, following an event at the Brookings Institution on the nation’s export policies.

“So when [President Obama] wants to talk about how he is going to move this country forward in the last half of his administration, he has got to acknowledge the positive impact of energy.”

“And I think if he really wants to fully appreciate … how we can do more as a world leader when it comes to not only energy production but alleviating energy poverty around the globe and addressing the environment in a constructive way, I’d include it in my State of the Union,” the senator added.