Verso Paper is laying off 300 people in Jay, and UPM Madison experiences production curtailments and a threatened future.

Their president points to the cost of energy as a chief cause of a lack of competitiveness. Energy is the most important driver of our civilization, the wealth of our people and the security of our country.

America is endowed with the lowest-cost energy resources of all the major economies of the world.

It is inexcusable that Verso and UPM together with their employees are being so damaged by government and public policies that refuse to provide sufficient and best available cost energy.

David Lucht

Oakland

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