Its intent may be to keep out potential terrorists and low-wage workers allegedly taking American jobs. But, the Trump administration’s actions on immigration have far-reaching consequences on every sector of the American economy—consequences the energy sector will not escape.

Anti-immigrant policies turn away bright young people who want to attend some of the best universities in the world, located right here in the U.S. They turn away recent graduates of these top schools who want nothing more than to get a job here and put their new skills to work in the American economy. And, they turn away highly-skilled workers who for centuries have looked to the U.S. as a place where their talents can do some good in the world. Even if the Trump administration’s executive order only excludes people from a certain set of countries, many more potential immigrants from other countries will decide that they are better off exploring opportunities in countries that are more welcoming to people like them.

The cruel reality is, policies that suppress immigration also suppress innovation. And, innovation has, and will always be, a key part of the energy landscape. One doesn’t need to look far to see that many of the world’s biggest energy breakthroughs have happened here in the U.S. thanks to our vibrant immigrant community. So, let’s shine a light on some of the immigrants who have helped to build—some quite literally—the energy landscape as we know it today…

Areas of Focus: Energy Markets
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Energy Markets
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