Access to affordable, reliable forms of energy are key to a strong, growing and prosperous economy. From manufacturing to transportation to providing a reliable and efficient means to power our homes and businesses, natural gas is a key and growingly important component of our domestic energy portfolio.
Wind and solar also play a critical role, but they often rely on natural gas as a backup source to provide consumers with power when the sun doesn’t shine or the wind doesn’t blow. And researchers from Citi note that “a symbiotic relationship” exists between shale and renewable energy forms. Additionally, natural gas is a key feedstock in the manufacturing of solar panels and wind mill blades.
President Obama, in a recent speech, highlight the fact that “We’ve got to tap into this natural gas revolution that’s bringing energy costs down in this country, which means manufacturers now want to locate here.”
While we absolutely must continue to produce and invest in all forms of energy, as well as common sense conservation efforts, America’s abundant supplies of clean-burning natural gas will remain a driving force for our economy and for improving air quality for decades to come.