Midland Mayor Patrick Payton is ready to discuss the importance of the oil & gas industry to the nation and the world to leaders in Washington, D.C.

According to NewsWest 9, the mayor says most in Washington do not realize the importance of oil & gas around the world and also in our nation.

“We have been calling different mayors from all over the country and working with Senator Cruz, Congressman Cornyn, August Pfluger and the Petroleum Strategic Partnership to build a coalition of mayors who can then go to Washington D.C. with us and advocate for what it means to really be a nation of energy,” Payton said. “Not just oil and gas, but hydro, nuclear, whatever it might be because we really are the nation and world’s leader in energy. So we want to talk about that with a wise voice, not a radical voice.”

Mayor Payton got the idea of a mayor's coalition when he went to a national mayor's conference and realized most do not know how vital the oil & gas industry is to the nation and the world.

“The convention of mayors is made of mayors from democrat cities, people who really want to spend their time demonizing the oil and gas industry,” Payton said. “So it’s up to us to step up to the plate to tell the story of the industry of energy, of oil and gas rather than letting the story be dictated to the public.”

The "us" he is talking about is referring to mayors in other states that are oil & gas producers like North Dakota, South Dakota, and Pennsylvania, along with other mayors here in Texas.

Mayor Payton plans to head to D.C. later this summer to meet with them about the importance of the oil & gas industry across the nation and around the world.

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