McCurdy: Revamping natural gas policy will make America build again

In a recent op-ed appearing in The HillAmerican Gas Association President and CEO Dave McCurdy writes that greater access to natural gas can help move our communities and our nation forward.

“Because America’s natural gas infrastructure is privately owned and operated, we are not asking for government funding to meet the market’s demand…Instead, we consistently advocate for reforms to policies developed during a time of perceived scarcity. To deliver more natural gas to more customers throughout the country, we encourage modernization of federal permitting policies.”

According to McCurdy, all Americans stand to gain if we make investments and update our policies to realize the full potential of a natural gas-fueled future.

“Businesses operate more efficiently when the cost of energy remains low and consistent, helping boost local economies across the nation. Extending our natural gas infrastructure is a key link in helping achieve that goal. Clean natural gas has led to $76 billion in savings for American businesses since 2009. If you include the lower cost of goods from more affordable fuel, low-priced natural gas put $1,337 back in the pocket of the average American family.”

He notes that more homes and businesses use natural gas today than ever before, and the numbers continue to increase because people want access to those benefits. Yet many areas and customers are unserved or underserved by natural gas infrastructure. Thirty-nine states have adopted or considered innovative proposals to expand the pipeline network so that more citizens and businesses can access this domestic fuel source.

“With natural gas as a foundation fuel, our nation will continue to have a clean and secure future. All Americans stand to gain if we make investments and update our policies to realize the full potential of a natural gas-fueled future. We want to see more Americans share in our nation’s prosperity.”

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