JPS Luncheon: John Felmy, “Energizing America: Facts for Addressing Energy Policy”

John Felmy

John Felmy

The November 14, 2013, installment of the Joseph Priestley Society (JPS) lecture series featured a keynote address by John Felmy, chief economist, American Petroleum Institute. Felmy presented “Energizing America: Facts for Addressing Energy Policy.”


The United States is at a historic turning point for the country and its energy policies. Technological innovations are changing the vision of our energy future, resulting in new opportunities to put more people to work, boost domestic production, grow government revenue, and save many billions annually in imported energy costs. Many Americans lack a full understanding of the link between economic growth and the energy policy options we face in terms of fueling our future.

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About the speaker

John Felmy is chief economist of the American Petroleum Institute (API). His area of emphasis is the economic, statistical, and policy analysis of the institute, which includes managing the production of API’s weekly and monthly petroleum statistics. He has 30 years of experience in energy, economic, and environmental analysis. He received both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in economics from  Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Maryland. His specialization is in the macroeconomic, regional, and industrial impacts of energy and environmental policies.

Felmy is a member of several professional associations, including the American Economics Association, the National Association for Business Economics, and the International Association for Energy Economics.

In his earlier years he spent time working at a sawmill in Central Pennsylvania. However, working on a repair crew for the Tidewater Oil Pipeline in Pennsylvania was what ultimately sparked his interest in energy.

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