Lydia Meigs America’s Energy Security Demands an Energy Policy

Dave McCurdy, Credit: BPC

“Without question, our economy – in fact our way of life – is highly dependent on access to stable, affordable supplies of energy.”

If I did not explain the context of this excerpt, could you really determine its origin along America’s timeline? Furthermore, could you think of a time in our post-industrialized history when this statement was not true?

I think not.

The quotation is taken from a statement by the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), circa March 30, 2011 discussing the impact of U.S. shale resources on our energy future. Its ambiguity only strengthens the point that it is as true now as it has always been that our country needs to focus narrowly on energy policy goals, decision-making structures and policies – a reevaluation that places energy security at the very center of energy policy.

On April 6, 2011, BPC hosted an event on Capitol Hill with the bipartisan co-chairmen of the House Natural Gas Caucus, Rep. Dan Boren (D-OK) and Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA), to discuss the Task Force on Ensuring Stable Natural Gas Markets recently released by BPC and the American Clean Skies Foundation as well as the American Gas Association (AGA) and the American Gas Foundation. Notably, Congressman Murphy identified the goals of the Caucus, including supporting policies to promote responsible exploration, safe delivery and expanded use of natural gas. He emphasized that the Natural Gas Caucus operates in a bipartisan manner because natural gas is not a “red” or a “blue” issue, but a “red, white, and blue issue.” Congressman Boren emphasized that shale gas is putting thousands of Americans back to work in a number of states and is providing significant economic opportunities.

Dave McCurdy, president and CEO of AGA joined the distinguished panel of energy thought leaders for this timely discussion. McCurdy emphasized the benefits of lower natural gas prices for American consumers, from residential customers to large industrial customers. He also noted that in a climate with competing alternative energy sources, natural gas is a game-changer. And as such, natural gas is the foundation to build upon for the development of our country’s clean energy future.

BPC Energy Project Panel, Credit: BPC

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