On June 22, 2011, the monthly meeting of the Natural Gas Roundtable convened with keynote speaker, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Commissioner John Norris.
Norris voiced his confidence that natural gas will play a large role in the future of America’s energy needs, but also spoke of the difficulties in getting investments for energy infrastructure that are needed for the natural gas industry to grow.
Norris noted that because natural gas is America’s energy future, in terms of infrastructure, “it is important we get it right.”
“Investing in this type of infrastructure is beneficial for the economy,” said Norris, “because a large investment will help America transition its energy usage while creating jobs. We need to replace much of this infrastructure anyway, because at this point, it qualifies for AARP benefits.”
In his speech, Norris remarked that America’s energy issue is “the biggest big-picture challenge we face as a country right now.”
There’s no doubt that natural gas is imperative to help reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions and satisfy other clean energy goals.
“No matter where I look in the energy debate,” Norris said, “it seems like it all comes back around to natural gas.”
We couldn’t agree more.