Claiming that the NAT GAS Act could raise manufacturing costs again ignores the most aggressive estimates from the EIA predicting the demand for natural gas could increase by 1.25 trillion cubic feet in total usage because of natural gas vehicles ó an amount that is less than 5 percent of the 24.45 trillion cubic feet of natural gas the United States consumes each year.
They say government should not pick winners and losers, but at the end of the day they want natural gas for their own segment of the economy and nothing else.
Natural gas is already a fundamental input to nearly every sector of our economy. Limiting its use in favor of any particular sector will only discourage development of this clean domestic resource.
Unfortunately, our billís opponents donít like natural gas for power generation, for export or as a transportation fuel. They would rather hoard it for their own use at the expense of millions of Americans and businesses suffering under the weight of high, unpredictable gas prices.
Substantive change never comes easy, especially when it comes to energy security. But I donít want the American people getting duped into thinking the opposition to my bill is about ideology; itís about special interest groups that are fighting to protect the status quo.
Our energy future is not going to secure itself. Itís up to we the people to stand up and demand it. That is something worth fighting for.
Rep. John Sullivan (R-Okla.) is vice chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.