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Energizing Pennsylvania Fueling America’s Future

Jun 4, 2024, 4:30PM

Harrisburg, PA

Along with a distinguished panel of experts, Ambassador Carla Sands, the Vice Chair of the Center for Energy and Environment and the Chair of the Pennsylvania State Chapter of AFPI, delivered an inspiring speech at a recent AFPI event in Pennsylvania. Reflecting on her journey from serving as President Trump’s ambassador to Denmark to her current roles, Sands passionately discussed her commitment to advancing energy policies that prioritize American families and national security.

Here are some highlights from each speaker.

Key Speakers and Highlights

Ambassador Carla Sands
Vice Chair of the Center for Energy and Environment, Chair of the Pennsylvania State Chapter of AFPI

Sands recounted her initial meeting with Brooke Rollins, President Trump’s former domestic policy advisor, who presented a vision for making America great by prioritizing the American people. This vision resonated deeply with Sands, who, after her Senate run, reconnected with Rollins to contribute to energy policy and lead the Pennsylvania State Chapter.

Highlighting the significance of energy as the bedrock of economic and national security, Sands emphasized the potential of Pennsylvania. She outlined the importance of bringing effective policies from Washington, D.C., to the state level, citing the challenges posed by recent legislation detrimental to Pennsylvania families.

Mary Stifler
Executive Director of AFPI Pennsylvania

Stifler expressed her enthusiasm for working with AFPI, emphasizing the institute’s focus on energizing Pennsylvania and empowering America.

She discussed the dual role of AFPI’s policy and political arms, highlighting the critical work being done to secure electoral victories in key counties across Pennsylvania.

Linda McMahon
Chair of the Board at AFPI, Former Administrator of the Small Business Administration

McMahon discussed the adverse impacts of current federal energy policies and the critical need for energy independence.

She highlighted the success of the Trump administration's policies in lowering taxes, reducing regulations, and fostering economic growth.

McMahon shared insights from her travels to all 50 states, where she engaged with small business owners about the positive impacts of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and deregulation.

Dr. Oliver McPherson-Smith
Director for the Center of Energy and Environment at AFPI

Moderated the panel discussion and emphasized the importance of American energy independence for national security and economic prosperity.

McPherson-Smith detailed the challenges posed by the current administration’s energy policies and advocated for a return to policies that leverage America’s natural resources.

Senator Camera Bartolotta
PA Senator representing Beaver County, Green, and Washington Counties

Bartolotta criticized the regulatory hurdles that impede energy production in Pennsylvania and warned about the negative impacts of Governor Shapiro's proposed renewable energy standards.

She advocated for policies that support the energy sector to ensure economic stability and job growth in Pennsylvania.

Representative Joe Hamm
Representative of Pennsylvania’s 84th District

Hamm emphasized the need to streamline the permitting process and reduce regulatory burdens to unleash Pennsylvania’s energy potential.

He highlighted the role of the natural gas industry in supporting local economies and family farms.

Representative Josh Kail
Representative of Pennsylvania’s 15th District

Kail discussed the need for sensible tax policies and regulatory reforms to attract and retain businesses in Pennsylvania.

He emphasized the environmental benefits of natural gas and the importance of using Pennsylvania’s energy resources to support economic growth and national security.

David Taylor
President and CEO of Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association

Taylor highlighted the critical role of manufacturing in Pennsylvania’s economy and the need for policies that support industrial growth.

He called for reforms in workforce development and job training to ensure that Pennsylvania has the skilled labor needed to support its manufacturing sector.


As the event concluded, Ambassador Sands expressed her excitement for AFPI's initiatives in Pennsylvania and urged attendees to get involved, emphasizing the importance of grassroots efforts in achieving electoral victories and policy successes. The evening left attendees motivated to support America First policies that promise a prosperous future for Pennsylvania and the nation

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