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 AGA Backs Renewable Gas Tax Credit   


Washington, DC - The American Gas Association (AGA) today applauded Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska for introducing a bill that would provide a tax incentive to turn noxious wastes into usable natural gas.  By increasing the production of renewable gas from sources that include animal waste, landfills and renewable biomass, the bill would help produce a valuable energy source from a waste product and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the process.

This legislation is cosponsored by Senators Mike Crapo of Idaho, Mike Johanns of Nebraska, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, John Thune of South Dakota, Ron Wyden of Oregon and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan.

AGA president David N. Parker offered the following comment:

"The natural gas from this process is a 'green' fuel.  By taking a waste product and converting it to a valuable fuel, we create a new source of domestic supply that benefits the consumers of natural gas.

“The production of renewable gas is consistent with the goals of the new Administration. AGA believes this fiscally responsible proposal should be included in the stimulus package that is being considered in Congress. 

"In a carbon-constrained world, embracing innovative solutions that promote energy efficiency and use domestic resources to fuel domestic operations is a smart step in the right direction."

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The American Gas Association, founded in 1918, represents more than 200 local energy companies that deliver clean natural gas throughout the United States. There are more than 71 million residential, commercial and industrial natural gas customers in the U.S., of which 94 percent — over 68 million customers — receive their gas from AGA members. Today, natural gas meets almost one-fourth of the United States' energy needs.

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