Barbour: Energy is key to economic growth

Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour offered up a laundry list of ingredients necessary to attract new industry and spur economic growth, including a trained work force, upgraded technology and logistical ability to move resources and products from point A to point B.

But the key, then and in the future, will be sustainable and affordable energy sources, Barbour said.

“The sector that can be more critical in creating economic growth — not just in the short term, but in the long term — … is energy because there is no part of the economy that at some stage isn’t dependent on energy,” Barbour said during a Hattiesburg Rotary Club luncheon Tuesday at Southern Oaks House and Gardens.

Hattiesburg American