Natural Gas Council Encourages Industry Partnership with Biden Administration on U.S., EU Energy Security
A group representing the natural gas industry has offered support and collaboration with the U.S. government regarding energy security in Europe.
With rising geopolitical tensions between Russia and Ukraine, the Natural Gas Council wrote to President Joe Biden to leverage U.S. domestic natural gas resources to meet the energy needs of European allies and trading partners, while continuing to provide the affordable and reliable energy that Americans rely on every day.
“Our industry’s ability to support Europe during this crisis is no accident,” the letter said. “It was enabled by American innovation and federal and state policies that welcomed natural gas infrastructure investment. Our domestic shale revolution and private investment in United States natural gas infrastructure has allowed our nation to lead the world in LNG exports — exports that have a lower emissions intensity than many of Europe’s other suppliers.”
The Natural Gas Council added that the United States is not immune to the challenges that are now facing Europe and urged support for growing and modernizing the U.S. natural gas system.
“Europe has discouraged natural gas development in recent years and the consequences are now clear — restricting natural gas threatens energy affordability and reliability in the near-term and hinders climate goals in the long-term,” the Council wrote. “We cannot let the United States follow that same path. We reject a false choice between developing America’s abundant natural gas resources and achieving our climate goals. We urge you to pursue federal policies that reflect your campaign statements on the importance of natural gas and your recent statement on European energy security.”
The full text of the letter is available at the Natural Gas Council website.
The Natural Gas Council was formed in 1992, uniting all sectors of the natural gas industry to work together toward common goals. The five full members of the Council include the American Gas Association, the American Petroleum Institute, the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, the Independent Petroleum Association of America and the Natural Gas Supply Association. Collectively, these groups represent nearly all the companies that produce, transport and distribute natural gas consumed in the United States. Leadership of the NGC rotates annually. More information is available at www.NaturalGasCouncil.org.Tags: energy security, Natural Gas Council, President Joseph R. Biden