WASHINGTON — The White House jobs summit on Thursday ignored an industry that is responsible for employing more than 9 million people, according to Devon Energy CEO Larry Nichols, who said the current agenda in Washington could lead to more job losses. Nichols, the current chairman of the American Petroleum Institute, told reporters on Thursday that he didn’t know of any oil and gas company representatives who were invited to the jobs summit hosted by President Barack Obama. "Their focus is on green jobs and certain kinds of jobs that in this administration are politically correct,” the Oklahoma City executive said. One of the panel discussions at the White House summit focused on "green jobs,” and Obama said that included talk of business investments to spur job creation in clean energy production and energy efficiency. Obama said some participants wanted to know what the ground rules were going to be for carbon dioxide emissions. Congress is working on legislation aimed at capping carbon emissions since many scientists say carbon dioxide is causing global warming. Nichols told reporters that the legislation would be "a huge tax on all businesses” and contribute to a "chill on job creation.” Though a bill to curb carbon dioxide emissions passed the House last summer, Nichols said it was a "relief” to see the legislation hasn’t gained momentum in the Senate. Nichols also said there are new taxes embedded in the health care legislation now before Congress, as well as the president’s budget, which proposes tax increases on oil and gas companies. "Higher taxes destroy jobs and impair our economy,” Nichols said. Between 2004 and 2007, the oil and gas industry created 2 million new jobs, Nichols said, and now supports 9.2 million jobs in the country. "And we have the potential to create a lot of jobs,” he said. Nichols said the first thing the administration could do to create jobs in the industry would be to "stop doing or threatening to do harm.” Secondly, he said, the administration could allow drilling on public land now closed to exploration.