Washington, DC – Today the American Gas Association (AGA) participated in the first hearing of the Congressional Natural Gas Caucus, a bipartisan group of legislators striving to educate, promote awareness of, and develop policy in Congress on the importance of natural gas in our nation’s energy portfolio. Formed under the leadership of Reps. Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Dan Boren (D-OK), the caucus has attracted dozens of members from across the country who believe clean, domestic natural gas should be a key component in securing America’s energy future.
Ronald W. Jibson, president and CEO of Questar Gas Company in Salt Lake City and a board member of AGA, testified on behalf of AGA, the America's Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) and Natural Gas Vehicles for America (NGVA) informing lawmakers that the use of natural gas in residential, industrial and transportation applications can help lower carbon emissions.
“In late June, the Potential Gas Committee confirmed what many of us have been saying for years: America is swimming in natural gas,” said Jibson. “The abundance of U.S. natural gas should be cause for celebration by those who believe that human CO2 emissions must be cut sharply to reduce the risk of global warming. When you do the math, the inescapable conclusion is that greater use of natural gas must be the foundation of any climate policy that hopes to achieve meaningful results. You cut CO2 emissions by almost 50 percent when you use natural gas instead of coal to produce electricity.”
“On a full-fuel-cycle basis, natural gas is the most efficient, cost-effective major U.S. energy source,” he said. “Not only do we need to encourage and expand the use of natural gas in its traditional direct use roles, today we must expand its utilization in transportation and power generation.”
Jibson went on to stress that the increased use of domestic natural gas provides a host of benefits to the U.S. economy.
“Surging natural gas supply is a game changer for U.S. energy policy. Unlike oil, 98 percent of America’s natural gas supply comes from North America. Greater use of natural gas – owned by Americans, produced in America by American companies that create real American jobs and pay American taxes – helps reduce oil imports, increase energy security, and sustain American prosperity.”
AGA, ANGA and NGVA have pledged to work with members of the Congressional Natural Gas Caucus as they educate their colleagues and the administration on the critical role natural gas must play in any climate change or energy policy.