At the recent Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte, NC, President Barack Obama, in his address to the convention, made it clear that natural gas and the benefits it delivers is a key part of his plan for moving this country forward. He said:
We’re offering a better path – a future where we keep investing in wind and solar and clean coal; where farmers and scientists harness new biofuels to power our cars and trucks; where construction workers build homes and factories that waste less energy; where we develop a hundred year supply of natural gas that’s right beneath our feet. If you choose this path, we can cut our oil imports in half by 2020 and support more than 600,000 new jobs in natural gas alone.
As American Gas Association (AGA) President and CEO Dave McCurdy said, “I agree that is the path to choose, and natural gas provides us with that opportunity.” McCurdy and Larry Borgard, AGA Chairman and President and COO, Utilities, Integrys Energy Group, attended the DNC where they participated in events – with delegates, politicians, and the media – throughout the week.
But the focus on natural gas was not from Obama alone. This foundation fuel crosses party lines, and both parties have outlined a vision for an energy future and embraced natural gas’ role in the nation’s job creation and economic success. AGA and its members will continue to collaborate with policymakers at all levels to help deliver this abundant, affordable, clean, efficient, and domestic energy source to all Americans.
From now until Election Day, it will be a fight to see who can convince Americans that their vision holds the greatest potential for themselves and our nation as a whole. When the dust settles, there are critical challenges facing our nation – America’s growing trade deficit, domestic job creation and retention, national security, our environment. None of these key conversations in our national dialogue can be addressed without talking about energy. Energy choices affect the bottom line of every home, business and level of government. Natural gas can help put our nation in a place to meet these challenges for decades to come.
AGA’s members are building the 21st century infrastructure that this nation needs, providing the backbone for the secure energy future envisioned by the President. We need to take that vision and turn it into a plan. Natural gas will be a consistent piece of our nation’s energy future and any energy plan that is put in place. We are in a unique position to be the foundation for growth. Our natural gas infrastructure – a huge investment already in the ground – is the envy of all nations across the globe. We need a plan that can take this nation further by utilizing this system to its fullest and realizing the full benefits of this clean, domestic, abundant energy source.